Those at fault to be held accountable in Turkish mine accident

Friday, May 16, 2014

“Any negligence or deliberate wrongdoing in the coal mine fire will not be tolerated,” said ruling party spokesperson Huseyin Celik

“Any negligence or deliberate wrongdoing in the coal mine fire will not be tolerated,” said ruling party spokesperson Huseyin Celik

ANKARA - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Deputy Chairman and spokesperson Huseyin Celik promised a full-scale investigation into the coal mine blast which occurred on Tuesday killing 284 people.

“A full scale investigation into the coal mine fire in the western Turkish town of Soma continues and any negligence or deliberate wrongdoing in the incident will not be tolerated, he said on Friday. Those responsible for the accident will be held accountable.” He also offered condolences to the families of the victims.

The AK Party spokesman also addressed the issue of the controversial footage of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's apparently taking shelter in a supermarket during his visit in Soma. Allegations have arisen across social and foreign media claiming the Prime Minister was supposedly involved in a scuffle in said supermarket.

"All of these images are based on lies and nothing but a nonsense effort to defame the Prime minister, said Celik, The photograph in which the Prime Minister has been claimed to be taking shelter in a supermarket was actually taken by Anadolu Agency's photographer Kayhan Ozer on February 20, 2011 while the Prime Minister was talking on the phone in a supermarket in Istanbul. This kind of negative propaganda is being conducted by conscienceless people in such a tragic time in the history of the nation.”

In effect, the photograph appearing in some media was taken on February 20, 2011, by Anadolu Agency correspondent Kayhan Ozer, and shows Erdogan sitting on a stool in a supermarket in Istanbul while holding a phone conversation. The particular shot received a photography prize in Vakifbank-TFMD Press Photo Awards in 2011.

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