Turkey Mine Disaster
People place flowers on some coal and a hard hat as nearly 2,000 university students called on the government to resign as they marched to commemorate...
People place flowers on some coal and a hard hat as nearly 2,000 university students called on the government to resign as they marched to commemorate the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence started on May 19, 1919, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, May 19, 2014. Government officials have promised to investigate and pledged that any mine officials found to be negligent would be punished. Still the disaster has provoked anger at a critical time for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he mulls running in August's presidential election. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has arrested three more people over Turkey's worst mining disaster, raising the number of suspects facing charges of negligent death to eight.
The Anadolu agency said the CEO and the general manager of mine owner Soma Komur Isletmer A.S., Can Gurkan and Ramazan Dogru, were arrested late Monday.
They were among 25 people who were taken into custody as part of the probe on Sunday. Several were released but at least eight of them could be charged later.
Parliament on Tuesday is scheduled to debate setting up a committee to investigate the disaster at the coal mine in Soma, western Turkey, which killed 301 people.