Cambodia charges 4 Chinese as death toll hits 28 in building collapse

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A Cambodian court has charged four Chinese with crimes over a building that collapsed last weekend, killing 28 construction workers. The construction workers were reportedly sleeping in the unfinished building that they also used as their housing.

The Preah Sihanouk provincial court said Tuesday the building owner was charged with involuntary homicide, involuntarily causing injuries and aggravating circumstances that cause injury, AP reported. The construction builder and the daily overseers of the workers were charged with conspiracy to commit those crimes.

The four Chinese charged were put in pretrial detention. If convicted, the aggravating circumstances charge carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison and the unintentional homicide charge carries a penalty of up to three years in jail.

It is still not clear what caused the building collapse as authorities have not yet said. Also, the provincial court did not explain the basis of the charges in detail.

Overall, twenty-eight people were reported dead and 26 were injured.

The seven-story condominium located in Sihanoukville, a thriving beach resort town, was about 80% complete at the time it collapsed. Read our earlier story through this link.

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