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Posted: Dec 22, 2013 2:19 AM

Updated: Dec 22, 2013 2:20 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) Police in Bangladesh have charged the owners of a garment factory and 11 of their employees with culpable homicide for alleged negligence in a fire at the facility last year that killed 112 people.

Public Prosecutor Anwarul Kabir Babul says the police's Criminal Investigation Department filed the charges with a magistrate's court Sunday in Dhaka, the capital. According to the charges, the casualties in the Nov. 24, 2012, fire were a result of negligence in ensuring safety in the sprawling factory outside Dhaka. The factory produced clothes for global brands, including Wal-Mart.

Babul says the owners Delwar Hossain and his wife, Mahmuda Akter are among the accused, along with 11 managers, security guards and engineers. He says all 13 could face life in prison if convicted.

Topics: Bangladesh-Factory Fire

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