Owners, Others Charged In Bangladesh Factory Fire

By: AP
By: AP
The owners of a garment factory and 11 of their employees are being charged with culpable homicide for alleged negligence in a fire at the facility last year that killed 112 people.

Credit: Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Police in Bangladesh have charged the owners of a garment factory and 11 of their employees with culpable homicide for alleged negligence in a fire at the facility last year that killed 112 people.

Public Prosecutor Anwarul Kabir Babul says the police's Criminal Investigation Department filed the charges with a magistrate's court Sunday in Dhaka, the capital. According to the charges, the casualties in the Nov. 24, 2012, fire were a result of negligence in ensuring safety in the sprawling factory outside Dhaka. The factory produced clothes for global brands, including Wal-Mart.

Babul says the owners -- Delwar Hossain and his wife, Mahmuda Akter -- are among the accused, along with 11 managers, security guards and engineers. He says all 13 could face life in prison if convicted.


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