Three people were arrested Sunday on charges of negligence in the explosion and collapse in Turkey’s coal mine that killed 301 people. The suspects are among 19 people in custody.
The arrests follow allegations by miners that the company failed to heed safety concerns and that government inspections had been superficial. The disaster has provoked anger at a critical time for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he mulls running in August’s presidential election.
A total of 25 people were initially detained for questioning and six were later released, Sahiner said. Prosecutors will now decide whether to charge or release the remaining 16 people in custody.Many are now arguing whether or not the accident could have been prevented and want authorities to be held accountable.
CCTV’s Michal Bardavid reports from Istanbul with the latest.