Toss Bangladesh Factory Owner in Jail for Life: Gov't

Government report cites reasons for collapse

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 23, 2013 3:53 AM CDT | Updated May 23, 2013 5:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – The owner of the Bangladesh factory whose collapse killed some 1,100 people deserves life in prison if found guilty of code violations, a government committee says. Sohel Rana "used extremely poor quality iron rods and cement," says the head of the committee, whose report details the reasons behind the collapse, via the AP.

Rana had permission to build a six-story building, but he added an extra two for garment factories, the investigation found. The building wasn't up to industrial standards, and the heavy equipment put it at risk, the committee's report said. What's more, it "was constructed on land which had been a body of water before and was filled with rubbish."

In this Sunday, May 12, 2013 file photo, Bangladeshi soldiers stand amid the rubble of the garment factory building that collapsed on April 24.
In this Sunday, May 12, 2013 file photo, Bangladeshi soldiers stand amid the rubble of the garment factory building that collapsed on April 24.   (AP Photo/Ismail Ferdous, File)
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