DHAKA: A Bangladesh court Monday ordered the arrest of 24 people and seizure of their assets after they failed to turn up to face murder charges over the collapse of a garment factory that killed more than 1,100 people.
Senior judicial magistrate Mohammad Al Amin issued the warrants after his court accepted the murder charges against the 24 fugitives for the collapse in April 2013, one of the world’s worst industrial disasters.
“The court accepted the charge sheet against 41 people who have been charged with murder over the Rana Plaza disaster,” prosecutor Anwarul Kabir told AFP.
“The court issued arrest warrants against 24 of them as they have absconded. It also ordered the seizure of their property.”
Kabir said the court had accepted the charges against four government factory and building inspectors despite attempts by their departments to shield them from prosecution by citing public servant immunity rules.
Among the 41 who have been charged with murder is Sohel Rana, the owner of the nine-storey complex on the outskirts of Dhaka which collapsed on April 24, 2013, at the start of the working day.
Rana, who is in custody awaiting trial, became Bangladesh’s public enemy number one after survivors recounted how they were forced to start work despite complaints about cracks developing in the walls the previous day.