Building Owner to Be Charged in Rana Plaza Collapse

Bangladesh's anti-graft agency has found evidence of Mohammad Sohel Rana's neglect.
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Bangladesh's anti-graft agency has found evidence of Mohammad Sohel Rana's neglect.
A mourner at Rana Plaza. Photo: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/Getty Images

A mourner at Rana Plaza. Photo: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/Getty Images

Over a year after the tragic Rana Plaza collapse, which claimed the lives of over 1,130 factory workers, the building's owner will face criminal charges. 

According to Reuters, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Bangladesh's anti-graft agency, filed its initial complaint with police a month ago accusing 17 people of "breaching regulations over the construction of the building." The complaint did not initially include Mohammad Sohel Rana, who owns Rana Plaza, as his name did not appear on documents approving the building's design or ownership; his parents' names were listed instead.

Upon further review, however, the ACC has found evidence of Rana's involvement and has added his name to the complaint. Rana was arrested four days after the building's collapse, at which time he was reportedly attempting to flee to India.

Cracks were found in the building the day before the collapse; factory owners told workers that they would not be paid if they did not enter the building.

The ACC could not be reached for further comment.