The owner of Rana Plaza – which killed 1,129 people when it caved in on itself – may finally be facing the law for his role in the April 2013 disaster. Bangladesh's anti-graft agency is set to file charges against owner Mohammad Sohel Rana in a construction violation suit.
The Anti-Corruption Commission filed a suit last month against 17 people whom they believed to have breached regulations in the construction of the building. However, Rana was left off that list as his name did not appear on legal documents connecting him to land and design approval – his parents were listed instead.
"Rana's name will be included in the charge sheet as his involvement has been found in a further investigation," commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee told Reuters.
The collapse of the eight-storey building ranks as one of the world's worst industrial disasters, with European brands such as Mango, Primark and Bonmarché linked to suppliers that operated out of the building. The disaster sparked a worldwide debate about the safety standards of the garment industry, prompting an increase in the minimum wage for Bangladeshi garment workers and increased scrutiny of low-cost retailers like Primark.
Rana disgraced himself even further in the aftermath of the disaster, when he tried to escape to India to avoid punishment. The fugitive became Bangladesh's most hated man after it was revealed that he sent workers back to work with threats of docked pay and violence the day after an engineer warned that it was on the verge of collapse.