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Court to decide whether to admit murder charges against Rana Plaza owner, 40 others on July 8

  • Court Correspondent,
    Published: 2015-06-28 17:34:29 BdST

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A Dhaka court will hold a hearing on July 8 to decide whether to admit charges against Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana and 40 others in the case over murder of more than 1,100 people in the collapse of the building.

Dhaka’s Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahinur Rahman fixed the date on Sunday.

The hearing on whether to take cognisance of the charges was scheduled to be held on Sunday, but did not.

Accused Rana was not produced before the court.

Prosecution’s Asaduzzaman told the court sought explanation why he was not produced before it.

On Apr 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Savar, which housed five garment factories, came crushing down.

Official figures put the death toll at 1,135 – mostly workers of the readymade clothing factories.

At least 2,458 people were rescued from the rubble.

Savar police filed a case over ‘negligent death’, accusing 21 including Rana. But police brought charges against 41, accusing them of murder.

Investigation officer Bijay Krishna Kar submitted the chargesheet to the court on June 1.

The accused would be handed down the death penalty, if found guilty.

Rana and three other accused are in jail now.

Seventeen of those accused of murder and another have been charged in another case filed over construction without following the building code.

Of those accused in the murder case, 25 are absconding. 

Seven are on the run in the other case while all other accused are on bail.