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Bangladesh charges 18 over garment factory collapse

Published on Jul 16, 2014 8:25 PM
 
Crowds gather at the collapsed Rana Plaza building as people rescue garment workers trapped in the rubble, in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka in this April 24, 2013, file photo. Bangladesh's anti-corruption agency filed charges on Wednesday against 18 people accused of breaching regulations over the construction of a building that collapsed last year killing more than 1,130 people. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's anti-corruption agency filed charges on Wednesday against 18 people accused of breaching regulations over the construction of a building that collapsed last year killing more than 1,130 people.

The April 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka, ranks amongst the world's worst industrial accidents and sparked a global outcry for improved safety. Most of the victims were garment workers.

The accused include the owner of the building, Mohammad Sohel Rana, and his parents, the local mayor, engineers and three owners of garment factories that used the building.

The Anti-Corruption Commission had previously not listed Rana as his name did not appear in documents covering ownership of the land and design approval, which instead listed his parents. "The charge sheet has been filed against 18 people, including Rana after further investigation found his involvement," commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee told Reuters.

 
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