A court in Bangladesh has charged almost 40 people with murder in connection with the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building which killed 1,135 people. A total of 41 defendants face charges over the collapse of the complex, which was home to five garment factories supplying global brands.
Public Prosecutor Abdul Mannan said 38 people have been charged with murder - the remaining three defendants were charged with helping plaza owner Mr. Sohel Rana to flee the country after the collapse. According to Reuters, "Rana was arrested after a four-day manhunt, apparently trying to flee across the border to India. Of the 41 people charged, 35, including Rana, appeared before the court and pleaded not guilty, Mannan told reporters. The other six are fugitives and will be tried in absentia. If convicted, defendants could face the death penalty."