Owner of Bangladesh clothing factory faces charges for deadly fire

Dec. 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A magistrate in Bangladesh issued a warrant Tuesday for the arrest of the owner of a clothing factory where 112 people were killed in a fire.

The magistrate in Dhaka, Wasim Sheikh, approved charges of culpable homicide against 13 people, seven of them already in custody, CNN reported. The others include Delwar Hossain, the owner and managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., in Ashulia, his wife, Mahmuda Akther, the company's chairwoman, and four other Tazreen executives and employees.

All 13 were found negligent by the criminal investigations department after the fire in November 2012 in the factory in a suburb of Dhaka. The factory made clothes for western distributors.

Many of the dead were so burned they could not be recognized. Another 200 people were injured.

While investigators said the fire was "an act of sabotage," they also said the factory did not have safety measures in place.

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