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Greece arrests architect over Pakistan building collapse

Pakistani police stand guard around the Margalla Towers while rescue workers continue to look for survivors after the building collpased after a powerful earthquake rattled Islamabad, on October 11 2005. A British architect of Pakistani origin -- who is wanted over the 2005 collapse of the Margalla Towers that killed 78 people -- has been arrested in Greece.

Pakistani police stand guard around the Margalla Towers while rescue workers continue to look for survivors after the building collpased after a powerful earthquake rattled Islamabad, on October 11 2005. A British architect of Pakistani origin -- who is wanted over the 2005 collapse of the Margalla Towers that killed 78 people -- has been arrested in Greece.  (AFP/File)

A British architect of Pakistani origin wanted over the collapse of a building in Pakistan in 2005 that killed 78 people during a massive earthquake has been arrested in Greece, police said Tuesday.

Shaikh Abdou Hafeez, 71, was arrested on Sunday on the resort island of Zakynthos under an international warrant and is due to appear before prosecutors on Wednesday, a local police source said.

He is accused of homicide, destruction of public assets and corruption among other allegations, according to a statement from Greek police.

According to the warrant, he was the architect of the Margalla Towers residential complex in Islamabad which collapsed during the October 2005 quake, killing 78 people and injuring 84.

The earthquake itself, which had a magnitude of 7.6, killed about 50,000 people in Pakistan.

Greek prosecutors are expected on Wednesday to order Hafeez held in custody before going before a Greek court which could then rule on his extradition.

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