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17 Dec 2012

Julfikar Ali Manik & Jim Yardley, New York Times

Bangladesh Finds Gross Negligence in Factory Fire

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Criminal charges for “unpardonable negligence” should be brought against the owner of the Bangladesh garment factory where a fire killed 112 people...according to a preliminary report from a government inquiry...Mr. Hossain [the owner] could not be reached for comment...“We have also found unpardonable negligence of midlevel officials at the factory,” Mr. Khandaker [the official who led the inquiry] said. “They prevented workers from coming down. We recommend taking proper legal measures against them.”...Mr. Khandaker listed a host of violations at Tazreen Fashions...Moreover...the factory lacked a required fire safety certificate. It had applied for an annual renewal, but a certificate had not yet been issued...[Also refers to Sears, Walmart]