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Isias trial adjourned to October 22


 

The trial of the İsias Hotel case has been adjourned to October 22, Adıyaman‘s third criminal court ruled on Wednesday.

The latest hearing into the trial for those held responsible for the death of 25 children, alongside 11 Cypriot adults and 47 others who were killed when the hotel collapsed during the earthquakes in the region on February 6 last year took place on Wednesday.

The court also ruled that the three defendants, Ahmet Bozkurt, Mehmet Fatih Bozkurt and Erdem, remain in custody until the next hearing set to take place later this year following the end of the summer judicial break.

The other eight defendants will continue to be tried under judicial control without detention.

The status of the files for the public officials under investigation will also be clarified.

Following the announcement of decisions by the court, the Bars Association President Hasan Esendağlı welcomed the court’s ruling to keep the three defendants in custody.

Ruşen Yücesoylu Karakaya, a mother of the children and president of the Champions Angels Association called out Ahmet Bozkurt, describing him as a murderer.

“Yes, you are a murderer. On October 22, we will show you everything with the reports from Dokuz Eylül University. You are not innocent, Ahmet Bozkurt. All public officials involved will receive the heaviest penalties. No matter how many lies you tell, it will be useless. You have taken 72 lives, and all of you will face justice.”

At the most recent hearing in April, Adıyaman’s third highest criminal court ordered that a new university report be written regarding the hotel’s collapse and the 72 deaths.

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The report was written by the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir and is the fourth such report to have been compiled concerning the Isias hotel’s collapse.

The third, written by Ankara’s Gazi University, had generated controversy as it had been much less scathing than the other two and had led to the release of two suspects who had initially been held in custody following the first phase of the trial in January.

The previous two had been written by Trabzon’s Karadeniz Technical University and the Istanbul Technical University. They outlined how sand and gravel from a local river had been used in the hotel’s construction, and how supporting columns had been cut at the hotel, among numerous other deficiencies.

In May, the Adıyaman Provincial governor’s office permitted criminal investigations to be launched into the conduct of four retired former civil servants when the Isias hotel’s owners had filed

It had been found that permits had been given to the Isias hotel which did not comply with the relevant laws, and that information written on permits did not match the work carried out at the hotel.

( Source: BRT)


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