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World Owners of collapsed Cambodia building charged, released on bail

12:26  07 january  2020
12:26  07 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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“The owners of the collapsed building were not staying at the construction site, so they were unaware of what was going on during the construction—only the contractor knew that. Unfortunately, he and his child were trapped and died inside the [ collapsed ] building .” Hun Sen said that “the courts will decide

Three days after the unfinished building in Sihanoukville collapsed , the Chinese owner of the site, Chen Kun, and construction supervisor, Deng Pictures released by the provincial authorities showed him in front of the collapsed building talking to several government ministers involved in the rescue.

KEP, Cambodia (Reuters) - Owners of a building in Cambodia that collapsed and killed 36 workers and their families last week have been charged and released on bail, a court spokesman said on Tuesday.

a group of people walking down a dirt road: Rescue team carry a victim from the collapsed building which was under construction in Kep© Reuters/STRINGER Rescue team carry a victim from the collapsed building which was under construction in Kep

The heavy death toll has highlighted the dangers of the lightly regulated industry.

The building, a multi-storey guesthouse under construction in the coastal town of Kep, crashed down on Friday as laborers and their families, including six children and infants, were relaxing after a hard day on the job.

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The seven-storey concrete building collapsed on Friday in the coastal town of Kep, about 160 km (100 miles) south-west of the capital Phnom Penh. An unknown number of workers remained trapped, Satha said, adding that authorities had detained a Cambodian couple, the owners of the building

A court in Cambodia said Tuesday that seven people, including four Chinese nationals, have been charged with crimes related to a building collapse that killed 28 construction workers who were sleeping in the unfinished structure that doubled as their housing.

The owners of the building, identified as Ek Sarun and his wife, Chhiv Sothy, were charged with unintentional homicide and causing injuries, Kampot Provincial Court spokesman Man Boreth told Reuters.

"The court decided not to detain them and they were released," Man Boreth said, adding that their bail was set at 354 million Cambodian riels ($88,200).

Reuters was unable to contact the couple or get information about their legal representation to seek comment from them.

Man Boreth said the couple were required to appear in court when summoned, and were not allowed to leave the country,

(Reporting by Prak Chan Thul. Writing by Kay Johnson and Patpicha Tanakasempipat)

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