By: Yang Sz-ruei and Y.F. Low
Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) Prosecutors have launched an investigation into
allegations that structural changes in the lower stories of the Weiguan Jinlong apartment complex in Tainan were responsible for its collapse that killed 114 people in the Feb. 6 earthquake, the Tainan District Prosecutors Office said Sunday.
Some residents have alleged that partition walls and columns on the first and second floors of the complex had been removed by their owner before they were rented out to an electronics store operator.
Besides examining the complex’s original building plan, prosecutors have also summoned many people for questioning, including the owner of the first and second floors, employees of the tenant, residents of the complex, and a security guard at the complex, the office said. [FULL STORY]