7 people, including Chinese, charged over Cambodia building collapse | 2019-06-26 | daily-sun.com

7 people, including Chinese, charged over Cambodia building collapse

26 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

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.