Trial of Soma mine disaster adjourned
45 defendants facing charges linked to 2014 accident which saw over 300 deaths.

Monday’s trial into Turkey’s Soma mine disaster, which claimed 301 lives in May 2014, has been adjourned until Wednesday.

The trial was adjourned to April 15 after plaintiffs' attorneys wanted to bring the eight defendants to the court at Manisa's Akhisar Municipality Bulent Cigeroglu Cultural Center.

The judge had ruled the eight defendants who are in custody in Izmir would give their statement via video link for security reason.

The attorneys claimed that to attend the case via video link was against to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

Forty-five defendants, eight of whom are already in custody, were to face proceedings in western Turkey.

The defendants include the CEO of Soma Holding – Can Gurkan, as well as the general manager, Ramazan Dogru.

They are charged with murder; sentences can range from 20-25 years for each victim.

Twelve of the remaining 37 suspects are accused of causing multiple deaths and injuries through negligence.

The 25 suspects of 37 will face charges of "conscious negligence.”

Pro-Kurdish HDP party leader Selahattin Demirtas, Sezgin Tanrikulu, deputy chairman of the main opposition Republican People's Party and national and international media outlets also attended the case in Akhisar.

The Soma disaster, which took place in Turkey's Aegean region, left 301 minders dead and injured 486 other on May 13, 2014.

The tragedy, the worst mining incident in Turkey's history, was caused by an explosion and fire which filled the mine's shafts with carbon monoxide gas, causing concerns about the work safety standards in the country's mines.

Last Modified: 2015-04-13 10:50:52
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