3 suspects reported dead in Turkey mine disaster

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Prosecution office says three 'suspects' reportedly died in mining disaster - but identification of victims has yet to be released

Prosecution office says three 'suspects' reportedly died in mining disaster - but identification of victims has yet to be released

MANISA - Three suspects in Turkey's worst-ever mining disaster are said to have been killed during the disaster, according to a statement issued by Public Prosecutor office of Akhisar, a town in Manisa, in the west of the country on Tuesday. 

The statement said a total of 36 people including company executives were detained on Monday.

Of those, eight were arrested, nine are still being questioned and nineteen were released on Tuesday.

The suspects are accused of "causing the reckless killing of more than one person.” 

CEO Can Gurkan - who is also the son of the owner, Alp Gurkan - and the general manager of the company operating the mine, Ramazan Dogru, were arrested on Monday.

The coal mine disaster that occured on May 13 is the deadliest mining incident in Turkey's history, surpassing the death toll of a firedamp explosion that killed 263 miners in Zonguldak in 1992.

More than 480 workers survived the Soma disaster.

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