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Çorlu train massacre is a murder of negligence

The 10th hearing of the train massacre in the Çorlu district of Tekirdağ on July 8, 2018, in which 25 people died and 328 people were injured, was postponed due to the court’s letter to the Çorlu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for an investigation to be carried out.

9 year old son Oguz Arda Seli and ex-wife Hakan Selwho lost Misra Oz, Republic TVspoke to

“WE SAID WE CANNOT END IT”

Stating that they have been fighting for justice for four years, Öz stated that they have been waiting for the preparation of the indictment for 14 months and that the case could not continue because it was not prepared.

Öz stated that there was no indictment at today’s hearing and that they actually went to watch the exchange of documents. “If there is no indictment, the case will not work. Unfortunately, we went there to exchange documents and take a roll call. We do not have a situation to monitor the exchange of documents. We stressed that we had no patience for days before. Neither our lawyers nor the delegation had anything to say.” used the phrases.

“OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN KILLED DUE TO NEGLIGENCE”

Öz said that the reason why lawyer Can Atalay could not attend was that they wanted to silence Atalay, adding that it was the legal right of families to have Atalay in court. Expressing that the disaster in Çorlu was not an accident but a massacre, Öz concluded his words as follows:

  • We call it a massacre because responsibilities are not fulfilled. It was the rails that were so left unattended. Even the removal of the road guards shows that this massacre can be prevented with such a small control center. Our lives were killed as a result of the negligence of the administration. The real culprits are not prosecuted. Why isn’t he prosecuted? Because it’s called ‘State Railways’. This is an institution affiliated with the state, and there are partners in power at the head of this institution. The AKP government cannot accept that anyone who belongs to it can make mistakes.

WHAT HAPPENED?

On July 8, 2018, the passenger train, which was moving from Uzunköprü to Istanbul, derailed as the culvert under the rails slipped while passing near Çorlu. In the accident in which 5 wagons fell, 25 people, including 7 children, died and 328 people were injured, the youngest being 7 months old.

In the indictment, it was requested that the defendants Turgut Kurt, Özkan Polat, Çetin Yıldırım and Celaleddin Çabuk be sentenced to 2 to 15 years in prison for “causing death and injury by negligence” on the grounds that they were found to be “essentially defective in the occurrence of the accident”. There has been no result in the case for four years and the defendants are still on trial pending trial. The hearing held today was postponed to October 5, as the indictment was not prepared.

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