SIHANOUKVILLE: Seven people, including five Chinese nationals, have been charged with manslaughter or as accomplices to manslaughter in connection with a building collapse in Cambodia that killed 28 people and sparked anger over shoddy construction regulations, reports AFP.
The collapse of a seven-storey, under-construction Chinese building in the resort town of Sihanoukville on Saturday is the deadliest industrial accident in recent memory in Cambodia.A close Beijing ally, Cambodia has seen an influx of investments from Chinese developers, including in the booming gambling hub of Sihanoukville.
But the building frenzy has raised concerns about sub-standard safety regulations in a country where most construction workers are informal day-labourers.
On Tuesday, Chinese building owner Cheng Kun was charged with involuntary manslaughter, causing bodily harm and causing destruction of property, according to a court warrant seen by AFP.
Three other Chinese citizens—contractor Deng Xin Gui, site manager Xie Ya Ping and engineer Gao Yu—were accused as accomplices on all three offences.