KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court has granted bail to three owners of a garment factory in the southern city of Karachi where a fire this week killed 258 people.
Amir Mansoob Qureshi says the judge instructed the police that the factory owners cannot be arrested for eight days under bail terms.
The court also asked the owners to surrender their passports and ordered them not to leave the country.
Pakistani police have opened a murder case and are investigating whether possible negligence by the owners and managers of the garment factory led to the massive loss of life.
The fire was the deadliest industrial accident in Pakistan’s 65-year history, and highlighted the woeful safety conditions that exist at many factories around the country.