Turkish court arrests eight over mine deaths

Last updated 17:56 20/05/2014
Ramazan Dogru
Reuters
CHARGED: Ramazan Dogru, general manager of Soma Mining, arrives at a courthouse in Soma, Turkey.

Relevant offers

Europe

Hitler coffee creamer tops a marketing failure Arrest as Buckingham Palace ammunition found New drug craze killing Russians Watch high winds reverse a waterfall Jets scrambled to intercept Russian plane Tuna boats snaring endangered species: Greenpeace Britain's attention shifts to English rights Paralysed man walks again A glimpse of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Flights cancelled at Heathrow due to storm

Eight suspects have been arrested by a Turkish court in the western town of Soma, on a provisional charge of "causing multiple deaths" in last week's mine disaster, as the last of the 301 victims were buried.

Ramazan Dogru, general manager of Soma Coal Mining Company, and Chief Executive Can Gurkan, the son of company owner Alp Gurkan, were among those arrested.

The arrests came after twenty-six people were detained and questioned. The remaining suspects were released, but could face prosecution later.

An initial report on the possible causes of the accident, cited by prosecutor Bekir Sahiner, indicated that the fire could have been triggered by coal heating up after making contact with the air.

The disaster was the deadliest mining incident in Turkey's history, surpassing the death toll of a firedamp explosion that killed 263 miners in Zonguldak in 1992.

The disaster has sparked protests across Turkey, directed at mine owners accused of ignoring safety for profit, and at Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, seen as too close to industry bosses and insensitive in its response.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content