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31 Dec 2013

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AFP

Bangladesh orders arrest of factory owners for deadly fire

A Bangladesh court Tuesday ordered the arrest of owners of a garment factory where 111 workers were killed last year in the country's worst such fire...The court...issued the warrants for Delwar Hossain,...Mahmuda Akter and four others over the blaze that gutted the Tazreen factory where workers stitched clothes for Western retailers including Walmart...[P]rosecutor Anwarul Kabir...[said,] "The owners and 11 others have been charged with arson, culpable homicide not amounting to murder and death by negligence"...The arrest order signals a toughening stand by local authorities against influential garment manufacturers, who openly flout safety rules... Some of the retailers have refused to compensate...workers injured in the fire and families of workers killed, arguing that their orders to suppliers...were illegally diverted to the Tazreen factory. Despite the charges and the arrest warrants, unions said it was unlikely the owners would face tough punishment... [also refers to C&A, ENYCE (part of Sean John)]

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