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41 People Face Murder Charges Over 2013 Factory Collapse Where Primark Garments Were Made

A court in Bangladesh has indicted 41 suspects on murder charges over the deaths of more than 1,100 people in the collapse of a building which housed garment factories.


According to The Irish Independent, investigators initially said those accused of wrongdoing in the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building would be charged with culpable homicide, which carries a maximum punishment of seven years in jail, but they later changed the charges to murder due to the gravity of the disaster.

Masud Rana, who owned the building outside Dhaka, and 33 other people pleaded not guilty when the charges against them were read out in court and another seven who absconded will be tried in absentia, prosecutor Mizanur Rahman said.

District Judge SM Kuddus Zaman said the trial will begin on September 18 over what has become known as the country’s worst industrial disaster.


Those found guilty of murder could face the death penalty as a police report submitted to the court called the deaths a “mass killing”.

About 2,500 people were injured in the April 2013 disaster.

The defendants include Rana’s parents and the owners of the five factories housed in the building.


The people injured in the building were producing garments which were later sold in Primak and Penneys here in Ireland so it is particularly sad seeing as it is probably the most popular clothes store in the whole country.

This would definetly make one think twice about why the clothes are so affordable.

The building collapse triggered uproar at home and abroad, with a call for reforms in a sector that helps Bangladesh earn more than £15 billion a year from exports, mainly to the United States and Europe.

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