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Owner of collapsed Bangladesh building Rana Plaza to be charged in construction case

Published on Jul 15, 2014 6:24 PM
 
A poster tied to a fence at the scene of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza building collapse and reading, "We want a safe work place, not a death trap' is seen on the first anniversary of the disaster on the outskirts of Dhaka on April 24, 2014. Bangladesh's anti-graft agency will file charges against the owner of a building that collapsed last year killing more than 1,130 people, most of them garment workers, in a construction violation case, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's anti-graft agency will file charges against the owner of a building that collapsed last year killing more than 1,130 people, most of them garment workers, in a construction violation case, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.

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 in the world's second-largest exporter of ready-made garments.

Last month, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case with the police accusing 17 people of breaching regulations over the construction of the building.

But the commission did not list building owner Mohammad Sohel Rana as his name did not appear in documents covering ownership of the land and design approval, which instead listed his parents. "Rana's name will be included in the charge sheet as his involvement has been found in a further investigation," commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee told Reuters.

 
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