Quake-related case suspects referred to court

Quake-related case suspects referred to court

İZMİR- Anadolu Agency
Quake-related case suspects referred to court

At least nine suspects in western Turkey thought to be involved in the construction of buildings that collapsed in a recent powerful earthquake were transferred to the courthouse on Nov. 5. 

Arrest warrants had been issued for 11 suspects, including contractors and engineers, that were allegedly complicit in the faulty buildings that caved in during the 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Oct. 30 in the Bayraklı district of Izmir province.

In their initial statements, the suspects claimed they had constructed the buildings in accordance with the regulations of the time.

One contractor, identified by the initials M.B.U., who had been issued an arrest warrant in relation to the collapse of one such apartment building, had been injured in the quake and was still under intensive care.

M.B.U.'s father, who had lost his daughter-in-law and grandchildren in the earthquake, was released with an international travel ban.

The Seferihisar district of the city was reported as the quake's epicenter.

The death toll from the earthquake that shook Turkey's Aegean region had risen to 114 as of Wednesday, according to authorities.

As many as 137 victims are still receiving treatment, while 898 have been discharged from hospitals, according to the Turkey's disaster agency.