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Eighteen people charged over Rana Plaza collapse

Bangladeshi authorities have filed charges against 18 people over the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory, including the owner of the building.

The country’s Anti-Corruption Commission filed charges on Wednesday (July 16) citing a breach of regulations over the construction of the building that collapsed in April last year killing 1,129 factory workers.

Building owner Mohammad Sohel Rana has been accused, along with his parents, the local mayor, engineers and three owners of garment factories that used the building.

Rana had not been named previously by the Anti-Corruption Commission as his name did not appear in documents covering ownership of the land and design approval, however following further investigation he has been implicated. Rana has been in detention since he was arrested following a four-day hunt shortly after the building collapsed.

To date, $17m (£9.9m) has been contributed by clothing companies to the United Nations-backed Rana Plaza Donor Trust Fund. This is less than half of the amount needed to fully compensate victims, estimated at $40m (£23.4m).

UK retailers including Matalan and Primark had used the factory, and Primark has paid $12m (£6.9m) so far. Other UK retailers including Debenhams and N Brown have made undisclosed contributions.

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