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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Bangladesh factory owner’s property seized as thousands of protesters demand death penalty

Protestors demand the death penalty for those responsible for the collapse of a garment factory building that killed hundreds in Savar, near Dhaka (AP)
Protestors demand the death penalty for those responsible for the collapse of a garment factory building that killed hundreds in Savar, near Dhaka (AP)
Workers watch as a crane lowers the ceiling of the garment factory building which collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP)
Workers watch as a crane lowers the ceiling of the garment factory building which collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP)
Two youths walk past a wall pasted with flyers showing some of the missing on Monday April 29, 2013 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Rescue workers in Bangladesh gave up hopes of finding any more survivors in the remains of a building that collapsed five days ago, and began using heavy machinery on Monday to dislodge the rubble and look for bodies -- mostly of workers in garment factories there. At least 381 people were killed when the illegally constructed, 8-story Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap on Wednesday morning along with thousands of workers in the five garment factories in the building.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Two youths walk past a wall pasted with flyers showing some of the missing on Monday April 29, 2013 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Rescue workers in Bangladesh gave up hopes of finding any more survivors in the remains of a building that collapsed five days ago, and began using heavy machinery on Monday to dislodge the rubble and look for bodies -- mostly of workers in garment factories there. At least 381 people were killed when the illegally constructed, 8-story Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap on Wednesday morning along with thousands of workers in the five garment factories in the building.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The Bangladesh High Court has ordered the government to “immediately” confiscate the property of a collapsed building’s owner, as thousands of protesters demanding the death penalty for the man clashed with police, leaving 100 people injured.

A two-judge panel also asked the central bank to freeze the assets of the owners of the five clothing factories in the building, and use the money to pay the salaries of their workers.

The order came after police produced the building owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, and the factory owners in court.

Britain’s Primark said in a statement on Monday that it is providing emergency aid and will pay compensation to victims who worked for its supplier in the factory. Matalan has said it would also provide financial support to victims.

The EU has said it was "very concerned" about labour conditions in Bangladesh.

"The EU is presently considering appropriate action, including through the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)... in order to incentivise responsible management of supply chains involving developing countries," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht said in a statement.

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