Owner of collapsed building jeered as he arrives for court
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 00:43
April 29 - Protesters chant ''hang him, hang him'' as the body armor wearing owner of a factory building that collapsed last week is led into court. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Bangladeshi lawyers and protesters chanted "hang him, hang him" on Monday (April 29) as the owner of a factory building that collapsed last week killing nearly 400 people was led into court dressed in a helmet and bullet-proof jacket.
The drama came as rescue officials said they were unlikely to find more survivors in the rubble of the building that collapsed on Wednesday (April 24), burying hundreds of garment workers in the country's worst industrial accident.
Heavy cranes were being used to lift huge concrete blocks from the wreckage of Rana Plaza, where 385 people are now confirmed to have been killed. The building housed factories making clothes for Western brands.
Eight people have been arrested: four factory bosses, two engineers, building owner Mohammed Sohel Rana and his father, Abdul Khalek. Police are looking for a fifth factory boss, David Mayor, who they said was a Spanish citizen.
Rana, a local leader of the ruling Awami League's youth front, was seized on Sunday in the border town of Benapole by the elite Rapid Action Battalion, following a four-day manhunt.
Rana was arrested by police commandos on Sunday, apparently trying to flee to India.
The court ordered that Rana be held for 15 days "on remand" for interrogation.
Bangladesh carries out the death penalty for murder and for most serious categories of manslaughter.
Hundreds of the mostly female workers who are thought to have been inside the building when it caved in remain unaccounted for. A fire overnight further hampered the last desperate efforts to find survivors.
About 2,500 people have been rescued from the wrecked building in the commercial suburb of Savar, about 30 km (20 miles) from the capital, Dhaka.
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