26 arrested so far for their role in collapsed buildings

26 arrested so far for their role in collapsed buildings
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Prosecutors in the cities affected by the earthquake stepped up their efforts to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.

As the investigation into the defects in the collapsed buildings continues to move forward after the massive earthquakes that rocked Turkey, several people have been arrested for their role in killing thousands of people under the rubble.

15 arrested in Diyarbakir

15 people, several of them contractors, were arrested pending trial in Diyarbakir for charges of "construction defects and cutting columns" related to demolished buildings in Diyarbakir.

22 other people were released under judicial control measures after their cistody. The search for six other fugitive suspects continued.

Seven arrested in Malatya

Seven suspects were arrested as part of the investigation into the buildings destroyed by the earthquake.

A statement from the provincial security directorate said that seven suspects have been arrested and brought to court, while proceedings against 12 suspects were ongoing.

The statement also said that the arrest of 20 other suspects in connection with the investigation was ordered in several cities and an international travel ban was imposed on them.

Three arrested in Maras

As part of the investigation launched into the demolition of the buildings, four people were detained. One of the suspects, who was transferred to the courthouse, was released after the statement at the prosecutor's office, the others were arrested.

One arrested while fleeing to Greece

Another contractor responsible for collapsed buildings in Maras was arrested in a boat off the southern Turkish coastal city of Marmaris while trying to flee to Greece.