Cambodia: Five Chinese Amongst Seven Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In The Building Collapse

Cambodia: Five Chinese Amongst Seven Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In The Building Collapse

A Cambodian court on Tuesday charged seven people with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the building collapse incident on Saturday last week.

Twenty-eight people have been reported dead and 26 injured after a seven-storey building collapsed in Cambodia’s casino town of Sihanoukville.

The under-construction building was unlicensed. At the time of the accident, there were around 70 people on the premises.

Earlier on Monday, the government came into action and dismissed Deputy Director of the National Committee of Disaster Management Nhim Vanda. Also, Yun Min, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, tendered his resignation following the incident. His resignation was accepted.

The demand for an independent probe into the Chinese investors who owned the site is also gaining traction.

Reports claim that the developers did not have the necessary permissions to continue with the construction work.

Many Chinese investors have been investing in the Cambodian town in casinos and integrated resorts.

Reports suggest that there are around 50 Chinese-owned casinos and dozens of hotel complexes under construction in Sihanoukville.

Social groups have also indicated at the involvement of local government officials into the projects taken by the Chinese investors.

Earlier in May, at Casino.buzz, we had reported how a Chinese-owned casino located in Cambodia’s southwestern city of Sihanoukville – where the under-construction resort collapsed -defied the official orders to cease operations.

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