Bangladesh Files Murder Charges in 2013 Factory Collapse

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Bangladesh brought murder charges against 41 people for the 2013 collapse of a garment factory building that killed more than 1,100 people, the nation’s worst industrial disaster.

Charges were brought against a total 42 people, including the owners of five workshops housed in the building, Bijoy Krishna Kar, assistant superintendent of police and the lead investigator, told reporters in the capital. Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, was among those charged with murder.

In April 2013, Rana asked workers to return to the workshops despite cracks being found in the structure. Engineers were checking the building and it was safe, he said at the time.

It collapsed the next day, sparking an international movement to bolster protections for workers in the world’s second-largest garment industry, which supplies retailers including Loblaw Cos. and Associated British Foods Plc.

Rana was arrested after security forces tracked him to a western border town from where he planned to flee into India.