22 May 2012 /TODAY'S ZAMAN
An indictment prepared as part of an investigation into a fire that killed 11 construction workers in İstanbul's Esenyurt district has demanded up to 23-and-a-half years in prison for 13 suspects, including executives of the construction company, on charges of involuntary manslaughter.
The Bakırköy Public Prosecutor's Office prepared the indictment, which includes a report prepared by inspectors appointed by the Labor and Social Security Ministry. The inspectors identified several regulation breaches by the construction company in terms of safety. An electrical system in the tent that caught fire was improperly installed, which the inspectors believe to be the main cause of the fire. Other failings listed by the inspectors were no emergency exits in the tents or prefabricated buildings on the construction site and no firefighting equipment or precautions taken against a possible fire in the tents.