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Iran Charges 20 Over Deadly Building Collapse

According to the court, Iran has charged 20 people following a deadly building collapse that led to large anti-corruption demonstrations.

43 persons lost their lives on May 23 when the ten-story Metropol skyscraper, which was under construction in the city of Abadan in the southwest province of Khuzestan, collapsed.

One of Iran’s deadliest recent disasters, it took emergency personnel approximately two weeks to recover the bodies of those who perished.

The incident provoked a wave of protests against corrupt and inept government officials across the nation.

The mayor of Abadan and two former mayors were among the 13 people the provincial judiciary claimed to have detained at the time in connection with the case.

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“Considering the importance of the matter … the case has been carefully evaluated and indictments have been issued against 20 people,” said the judiciary’s Mizan Online website.

“All the defendants in this case are currently in custody with applicable warrants,” it said, without identifying them or specifying what charges they faced.

The owner of the building, who many had wished to blame for the collapse, was likewise certified by the judiciary as having passed away.

He was among those killed in the disaster, according to prior reports from Iranian media agencies.

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According to the court, Iran has charged 20 people following a deadly building collapse that led to large anti-corruption demonstrations.

43 persons lost their lives on May 23 when the ten-story Metropol skyscraper, which was under construction in the city of Abadan in the southwest province of Khuzestan, collapsed.

One of Iran’s deadliest recent disasters, it took emergency personnel approximately two weeks to recover the bodies of those who perished.

The incident provoked a wave of protests against corrupt and inept government officials across the nation.

The mayor of Abadan and two former mayors were among the 13 people the provincial judiciary claimed to have detained at the time in connection with the case.

READ MORE: Iran Recalls Ambassador To Sweden Over Hamid Noury Sentencing

“Considering the importance of the matter … the case has been carefully evaluated and indictments have been issued against 20 people,” said the judiciary’s Mizan Online website.

“All the defendants in this case are currently in custody with applicable warrants,” it said, without identifying them or specifying what charges they faced.

The owner of the building, who many had wished to blame for the collapse, was likewise certified by the judiciary as having passed away.

He was among those killed in the disaster, according to prior reports from Iranian media agencies.

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