4 April 2013

Tanzania: Eleven Charged in Dar es Salaam Building Collapse

A Tanzanian magistrate court arraigned 11 people on Wednesday (April 3rd) in connection with the collapse of a 16-storey building in Dar es Salaam that left 36 people dead this week, Tanzania's The Citizen reported.

The suspects include the building owner, an architect, two officers from the Architects and Quantity Surveyors Registration Board, three engineers, a quantity surveyor, and three businessmen, who face 24 counts of manslaughter for their alleged roles in the deaths.

The suspects were not allowed to enter a plea before the magistrate court, which lacks jurisdiction to hear their case. They were remanded to police custody until Resident Magistrate Devotha Kisoka rules on whether to grant the suspects bail on April 16th.

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