By: Chang Jung-hsiang and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Tainan City is seeking to detain former major shareholders and board members of a company suspected of building Weiguan Jinlong apartment complex (維冠金龍大樓) which collapsed in the magnitude 6.4 earthquake Feb. 6, causing 114 deaths, the city’s mayor said Saturday.
“We will request the court to order a provisional attachment that includes the arrests of the now-defunct Weiguan company’s former major stockholders and members of its board of directors and supervisors,” said Lai Ching-te (賴清德).
An earlier request to detain Lin Ming-hui (林明輝), former chairman of Weiguan company, and architects Chang Kui-pao (張魁寶) and Cheng Chin-kui (鄭進貴), who were responsible for the construction of the building, was granted by Tainan District Court on Feb. 9.
The three developers were detained and held incommunicado on charges of professional negligence resulting in deaths, as jerry-building by the real estate development company is believed to be one of the causes of the collapse. [FULL STORY]