Turkey charges mining company chief executive

Tuesday 20 May 2014 11.30
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Rescue operations at the mine in Soma were suspended on Saturday
Rescue operations at the mine in Soma were suspended on Saturday
The Turkish national football team paid their respects in Soma yesterday
The Turkish national football team paid their respects in Soma yesterday

Turkey has charged three more people with manslaughter over the country's worst mining disaster, including the chief executive of the company operating the pit.

Can Gurkan, the chief executive of mining company Soma Komur, general manager Ramazan Dogru and a technician are the latest to face manslaughter charges over the disaster that claimed 301 lives.

A total of eight officials from Soma Komur have now been charged over last Tuesday's accident at the Soma mine, which sparked anti-government protests in several towns and cities.

Mr Gurkan and other company executives have denied any responsibility for the disaster.

Lead prosecutor Bekir Sahiner has ruled out that an electrical fault triggered the fire that spread through the mine.

Rescue operations were suspended on Saturday as information from families suggested that all the bodies had been recovered.

Keywords: mine, turkey, soma