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3 Arrested for Roles in Faulty Construction of Taiwan Apartment Complex

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The police have arrested the builder of an apartment building that collapsed in an earthquake last week. He remains in custody in Taiwan while rescue operations continue.

Lin Ming-hui, the former chairman of the real estate development company that built the 17-story Weigun Golden Dragon complex in Tainan, has been charged along with two other former executives.

Only major building to collapse

They were arrested for professional negligence resulting in fatalities. Questions about the methods and materials used in constructing the building have emerged in the wake of the tragedy, fueled by photos showing tin cans and foam built into walls of the complex. The complex was the only major building to collapse in last Saturday's 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

In this image made from video, Lee Tsung-tien, 42, is attended to by rescue workers after he was pulled out conscious from a building which collapsed after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Feb. 8, 2016.

In this image made from video, Lee Tsung-tien, 42, is attended to by rescue workers after he was pulled out conscious from a building which collapsed after an earthquake in Tainan, Taiwan, Feb. 8, 2016.

At least 43 people are believed to have been killed in the disaster.Rescuers continue to work around the clock in their search for survivors.

Officials remain optimistic of finding more survivors, despite the expiration of the 72-hour window experts give for anyone trapped underneath rubble to survive without food or drink.

Quake-prone Taiwan is in a highly active seismic zone known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire," and more than 50 fault lines pass through the island.

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