The decision hearing of the Çorlu Train Massacre, in which 25 people lost their lives, is today

The decision hearing of the Çorlu Train Massacre, in which 25 people lost their lives, is today


The decision hearing of the case regarding the train disaster that occurred on July 8, 2018 in Tekirdağ’s Çorlu district, in which 25 people, including 7 children, lost their lives and more than 300 people were injured, will be held today. CHP Chairman Özgür Özel is also expected to attend the hearing.

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The verdict hearing of the Çorlu Train Massacre, in which 25 people lost their lives and 328 people were injured, will be held today. Before the hearing, families organized a march to demand justice.

Families who lost their relatives in the accident called for the hearing and said, “We are coming to an end in our fight for justice so that no one is left under the rails and no other lives are hurt. We call on everyone to be with us at the verdict hearing.”

Lawyer Can Atalay, who was not released despite the decision of the Constitutional Court (AYM) and whose membership in parliament was revoked, made a call to defend the case regarding the Çorlu Train Massacre, in which 25 people lost their lives.

Sharing through his relatives on his social media account, Atalay used the following statements:

“Tomorrow, on February 29, 2024, the decision hearing of the Çorlu Train Massacre case will be held.

I invite the public to stand by the families who lost their relatives and to support this case, which will take place tomorrow at 09:00 at the Çorlu 1st High Criminal Court, so that another social murder does not result in impunity and that those who are truly responsible for the massacre are tried.

Together, we must raise our voices even more so that those responsible for this massacre that took place 7 years ago are held accountable. Let’s not forget that this is not just a case, but also a matter of conscience. Justice must be served to prevent this pain in Çorlu from being repeated.”

What happened?

The train, carrying 362 passengers and 6 personnel, traveling on the Edirne Uzunköprü-Istanbul Halkalı route, derailed on July 8, 2018, 69 days after it started operating. In the accident, 25 people, including 7 children, died and 328 people were injured. TCDD 1st Regional Directorate Halkalı 14th Railway Maintenance Directorate Manager Turgut Kurt, Road Maintenance and Repair Chief Özkan Polat working in Çerkezköy Road Maintenance Directorate, Line Maintenance and Repair Officer Celaleddin Çabuk and Bridges Chief Çetin Yıldırım said ‘Negligently causing death and injury’. A lawsuit was filed at Çorlu 1st High Criminal Court, demanding imprisonment from 2 to 15 years for each crime.

Nihat Aslan, who works at TCDD 1st Regional Directorate, Levent Meriçli, Deputy Manager Responsible for Maintenance Service Areas, Mümin Karasu, Maintenance Service Manager, Levent Kaytan, 1st Regional Maintenance Service Deputy Manager Responsible from Superstructure, Nizamettin Aras, 1st Regional Maintenance Service Deputy Manager Responsible from Infrastructure, A lawsuit was also filed against Road Controller Burhan Ortancıl, Engineers Tevfik Baran Önder, Deniz Parlak and Kubilay Başkaya.

While the defendants were being tried without detention, the Çorlu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office decided to expand it. The Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office stated that the weather conditions were not followed when the accident occurred, the railway line could not be specifically inspected due to adverse weather conditions, the necessary maintenance, cleaning and weed control of the culvert and the surrounding line section was not carried out, and the culvert in the direction of Istanbul was blocked due to the rain falling on the culvert. He evaluated that the reason why the water was directed to the accident vent through the channel in between was effective.

An arrest warrant was issued for Mümin Karasu because he did not attend the hearing. After going to Çorlu Courthouse for a statement on October 10, he was arrested and sent to Çorlu Prison. However, the court accepted the objection to Karasu’s detention and released him within 45 days before the next hearing. At the 16th hearing of the case, a criminal complaint was requested against senior officials, but the request was rejected.

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