Dhaka – A Dhaka court has sentenced Sohel Rana, owner of the Rana Plaza, to three years in jail in a graft case related to the 2013 collapse of the building that killed more than 1,100 people.
Imrul Kayes, judge of a special court, pronounced the verdict in the case filed against Rana by the anti-corruption commission for accumulating illegal assets.
This was the first verdict against Rana as he has been facing six cases, including one for culpable homicide over the deaths of the workers in building collapse.
The commission on May 21, 2015, filed the case against Sohel Rana over his ill-gotten assets.
The special court also fined Tk 50,000 for Rana. He has to face three more months in prison in case he fails to pay the money.
Rana was arrested a few days after the eight-storey building collapsed on April 24, 2013 killing more than 1,100 people, mostly workers of garment factories that were housed in the building in Savar, 20 kilometers north of the capital Dhaka.
More than 2,500 people were injured in the worst-ever industrial disaster in Bangladesh.