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Months After Deadly Fire, Owners of Bangladesh Factory Surrender to Court

Author: Julfikar Ali Manik & Ellen Barry, New York Times, Published on: 9 February 2014

A husband and wife whose factory in Bangladesh was consumed by fire in 2012...that killed 112 employees, surrendered to a court...[M]ore than a year after the fire, the police filed charges of culpable homicide against the owners of the Tazreen factory— Delowar Hossain, and his wife, Mahmuda Akther, along with 11 associates...Mr. Hossain’s lawyer...whose motion for bail was rejected...argued that Mr. Hossain and Ms. Akther were not present at the time of the fire and had “neither direct involvement nor indirect involvement” in it. Mr. Gous said he would appeal the denial of bail. A state prosecutor...argued that the owners had failed to make the necessary arrangements to ensure the safety and security of the workers...[A] high-level government investigation...accused Mr. Hossain of “unpardonable negligence,”...Mr. Hossain said he intended to plead not guilty...

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