Collapsed Building Owners Charged With Manslaughter, Released on Bail

The owners of an unfinished building that collapsed last week, killing 36 people and injuring 23 others, have been charged with manslaughter and causing injury and released on bail, a court spokesman said on Tuesday.

The seven-story building fell in Kep city on Friday after the owners had started building in March without a license and were only permitted in August to build up to six stories, a provincial land management official told VOD on Monday.

Building owners Ek Sarun and his wife Chhiv Sothy were sent to the Kampot Provincial Court on Sunday afternoon. The couple were charged with manslaughter and causing involuntary bodily harm and released on bail on Monday, court spokesman Mann Boreth said.

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