Çorlu Train Disaster Case Postponed to 4 November

corlu tren faciasi case postponed to november
corlu tren faciasi case postponed to november

The 25th hearing of the lawsuit opened in the province of Çorlu, Tekirdağ, which is among the 'icon' events of the AKP period, where 328 people died and 5 people were injured. Relatives of the deceased and injured walked to the court with banners in their hands, chanting "Right, law, justice". The case was postponed to 4 November

Istanbul from Uzunköprü district of Edirne HalkalıThe passenger train, which has 362 passengers and 6 personnel moving to go to Istanbul, was derailed on July 8, 2018, near the Sarılar District of Çorlu district of Tekirdağ. In the massacre that occurred due to negligence, 7 children, 25 people died and 328 people were injured.

TCDD 1st Regional Directorate by Çorlu Chief Public Prosecutor's Office Halkalı Turgut Kurt, who served as the Railway Maintenance Manager at the 14 Second Railway Maintenance Directorate, Çerkezköy Özkan Polat, Road Maintenance and Repair Chief at the Road Maintenance Directorate, Celaleddin Çabuk, who works as Line Maintenance and Repair Officer at the Road Maintenance Chief, and Çetin Yıldırım, the signature of the Bridges Chief Çetin Yıldırım who signed his signature in the annual public inspection report in May, Çorlu 2'inci Heavy Penal Court was sued for demanding imprisonment from 15 each year to 1'er years.

The indictment has been criticized on the grounds that it has not brought real persons to justice.

Uzunköprü-Halkalı While the train, which made its trip, was on the way on July 8, 2018, 25 people died and 328 were injured as a result of the overthrow of the Tekirdağ Çorlu district, Sarılar Mahallesi. The 5th hearing of the Çorlu train massacre case, where an investigation full of scandals and the judicial process was conducted from the beginning, was held yesterday at the Çorlu 1st High Criminal Court.

hearing the following, including support to the families and friends of those killed in the massacre in Turkey Workers Party (TIP), Deputy Chairman of the Peace Atay, Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies Muharrem Male, Ali Sugar, cordially Almighty, the Democratic Party of the People (HDPE) deputy Serpil KemalBay and many lawyers.

It was noteworthy that there were more police officers at the hearing.

The court board announced its interim decision. Accordingly, it was decided to make the discovery on July 15 and postpone the hearing until November 4. In the decision, while all of the demands of the client's lawyers were rejected, an expert committee of 7 people was formed.

Çorlu train massacre wanted to meet their families with the prosecutor, but the prosecutor said they could meet half an hour later. Families are waiting to meet with the prosecutor in front of the courthouse.

Families who react to the decision after the prosecutor's opinion go to the prosecutor's office. The court took an hour off after listening to the defendants.

The prosecutor explains his opinion:

It was decided to ask ITU about the determination of the rain meter device, to accept the objections about the experts, to reject the testimony of the witnesses whose testimony was taken, and to reject the defendants' requests for detention.

When the prosecutor refused to take the testimony of the witnesses, whose testimony was taken with instructions, the families who reacted left the courtroom.

Misra Öz revolted against the judge and the police who pulled her:

“All of them are clowns of the palace! I'm Misra Öz. Take a picture of me. The mother of Oğuz Arda Sel. These judges made me a defendant. Because I told them they're playing three monkeys. They are laundering murderers ”

Lawyer Emre Erdal speaks:

No number of how many people were taken out of which wagon. The law enforcement does this with the crime scene camera. But I couldn't see a CD in the file. We request that law enforcement officers be written to the warrant. We demand that all those responsible be prosecuted and the file extended.

Lawyer Duygu Arslan speaks:

We think that we travel along barley length in 5 sessions. The defendants are not even fond of the occurrence of the crime. So are the witnesses in the same way. We want the eyewitnesses of this accident to rest. It is not possible to attribute crime with the evidence provided by the court.

Lawyer Mustafa Ersin: There is an precipitation report in the file between Celse. It is zero until 14.30:2. Subsequent precipitation is also low, not intensive precipitation data that will create disasters. There is 13 hours and XNUMX minutes between the time the accident occurred and the drop in the last rain. So TCDD has so much time to prevent the accident.

Hunting. Selvi Yüzbaşıoğlu speaks:

We have reported our objections to those who may be experts. There are candidates who are related to TCDD. Academicians from YTÜ Assoc. Dr. Halit Özen and Assoc. Dr. Mustafa Sinan Yardım is an expert on highway systems. We think that the people who will be experts in such a file should be more competent people.

Dr. from Haci Bektashi Veli University. We also have objections regarding Serhat Çelik. The subject matter and expertise are not the same. YTÜ's Assoc. Dr. We do not consider Mustafa Gürsoy suitable for being an expert in this case. He teaches a few lessons, but his research is not suited to the subject matter.

Dr. of Sakarya University. Hakan Aslan does not have enough work on the subject of the case, we have not seen it competent. İrfan Pamuk from Sakarya University also carries out studies that are not related to the case. We object to the expertise of these people.

Lawyer Onur Şahinkaya speaks:

Our opinion is that we are facing disrespect from the day of the incident. TCDD says, 'Your lives may be ruined, but you will be silent, we will not even arrest a person'. Witnesses say there is no measuring device. In the internal report of TCDD, it is stated that based on ITU 'there was a Davis brand measuring device'. Moreover, TCDD distorted the ITU report. They called it 45 mm of precipitation, extraordinary precipitation. There is distortion arrogance. The questions you sent to Mümin Karasu were given in advance. He made a written preparation. Karasu knows the reward he will receive when he gives this statement.

Participating representatives were promised. Lawyer Can Atalay speaks:

'The nature of the rain in your file is clearly documented. The witness statement is too clear to be needed. Force majeure is too open to count. The culverts were claimed to be suitable. The defendants said that at the first hearing, we told the problems of this culvert. Someone said I have prepared over 300 documents. Force majeure reason is not reasonable. It is an issue that is open with document evidence in the file. I think Çorlu Chief Public Prosecutor and political power prevent prosecution from being done properly. It's not about the rain, it's about looking at the systemic. I am concerned with the social and political consequences of TCDD becoming neglected due to privatization. There are defendants who should come to the file. I demand the two witnesses to rest in peace, as it violates the principle of procedure. The system is primarily responsible for the death of these people. This file contains possible intent, not negligence.

The commons are talking

Oğuz Arda Sel's grandfather Mehmet Öz: How many seats are there in a car? (To the defendants) Where was the number 366 given after the accident? There were about 600 passengers here. Didn't the prosecution investigate this? Make up this math.

Bihter Bilgin's mother Zeliha Bilgin: Would an accident still happen if that vent was not made? Since I trusted TCDD, I entrusted my children and my brothers. I don't understand the rain, but if that culvert was not made, there would be accidents with the last rains. Mümin Karasu was appointed as a consultant. While I want to see him as a defendant in front of me, I condemn the counseling.

Sena Kösen's mother, Aysun Köse: We should not learn what TCDD does from the side farms. TCDD should have illuminated this.

Funda Köse, mother of Gülce Dikmen and Özgenur Dikmen: I was also on the train. The train that went slow the day before went fast that day. Why?

Ekrem Tuna, the wife of Melek Tuna: We went by train that day Çerkezköy'to. The train went slowly. We returned after 3 hours. The number of passengers increased at each stop on the train. Even newcomers could not cut tickets. There were a lot of standing people. Around 800 people were on the train that day.

Serhat Şahin's father Hüseyin Şahin: You brought people from the wrong farm. Why does no one come from the Real Akın Farm? All the defendants here must be detained. What about promoters? Why are you kidding our mind?

Ergün Kerpiç's brother, Yeter Gülaçan: It was very slow when I got on the train before the accident. But on the day of the accident, everyone says that it is going fast.

Emel Duman's wife Erkan Duman asked Turgut Kurt: Since the only culvert was enough for that road, why was there a new culvert near the accident? Two days ago there was a flood, but the train track did not fall apart. ”


Necmettin Sel, father of Hakan Sel's father and Oğuz Arda's grandfather, who died in the accident, speaks: ”Why is the contractor who built this culvert not brought against us? Bring the real responsible to us. If the Minister is Minister, he will come across us. Is this Minister more valuable than our children? ”

Derya Kurtuluş's wife, Beren Kurtuluş's father Melih Kurtuluş speaks: ”You make the grille so that rainwater flows. When you do it, you do it according to your standards. There is a culvert so that rain can pass. If a culvert breaks down in the rain, there is an ignorance there. ”


Mısra Öz, who lost her son Oğuz Arda Sel: statements of the person who was the witness of 3 witnesses could also be taken at normal time. The main people are not brought. While Mümin Karasu should have been a defendant, his statement was taken as a witness. When I went to listen to his expression, I found that it was against the procedure, the questions were given before, the answers were written on the pages. You have not heard our requests. Mümin Karasu became a consultant. It's been 718 days. We are at the 5th hearing. Do not be indifferent to our demands. Do not be blind or blind.

The witness Günay Solak testifies:

I have been working at Çalışkan farm for 4 years. I do agricultural work. I live on the farm all the time. I was on the farm on the day of the incident. I was 300-400 meters from the railway and one kilometer from the crash site. On the day of the event, about 16.00 of rainfall began. Suddenly it rained, passed. There was a lot of rain I can say. There was a lot of rain that day. I saw precipitation the most in that year for 4 years. We did not have a device that measures precipitation in the accident period. I've never been to the scene. He was never injured on the farm. Ambulances came to the farms around us.

The client's lawyer Onur Şahinkaya: Did a delegation come about 2 months after the accident?

Gunay Solak: He didn't come to us. I do not know. They came from TCDD. They asked how it happened, we said we didn't know. No minutes were recorded.

The deputy of the customer, Emre Erdal: When did you first see the authorities after the incident? Have you seen a helicopter?

Gunay Solak: About 1 hour later, the authorities came. I saw the helicopter, it went to the crash site.

Vahdet Atak, a witness working at Çalışkan Farm, speaks:

I was not on the farm on the day of the incident, but that day I took bread there. The distance of the farm to the railway is 700-800 meters. On the day of the incident, I brought bread to the family working on the farm. I learned the incident later on television. I stayed for an hour and a half on the farm at noon, there was little rain. I did not see floods when I was there. Although there is not much like April and May in the region where I work, there is precipitation. There was no precipitation meter to record in the place where I worked on the day of the event. I went to the scene like 12-1 on the night of the incident, with the direction of my boss. No injuries were brought to our farm.

The deputy of the customer, Onur Şahinkaya, asks: Did an official come to the farm afterwards?

Vahdet Atak: Although he came, I did not see it.

Lawyer: ITU delegation detected a Davis measuring device.

Vahdet Atak: Absolutely no measuring device. It is as if the accident date was less than the precipitation in this period. I did not see a helicopter in the area that night.

The court hearing the witnesses

Ergün Kerpiç's brother, who died in the train massacre, speaks: My brother was 39 years old, two children were orphaned. I'm complaining until the end.

Cemiloğlu Haras Business Manager Birol Kuzgun: I was here all day on the day of the incident. Our distance to the railway is 250-300 meters. Although it is not certain, precipitation has occurred with time intervals. In some periods there was heavy rainfall. Those were the periods when there was precipitation. It was like the rains we experienced in these weeks. In that period, there were rains that dropped to July. There is no station that measures precipitation in the place where I work. We evacuate the water in the farm with some drainage channels when it rains. I went to the scene after the accident, an estimated 15 minutes later. It's hard to describe the scene. Man cannot speak. There was a turmoil situation over there. As I said, I have a hard time talking while saying these.

The lawyer asks: Did anyone come to you as a prosecutor on or after the event?

Birol Kuzgun: Later, a team from TCDD and ITU came for the discovery.

The client's lawyer: Did the helicopter arrive at the scene to save the injured after the incident?

Birol Kuzgun: No it did not come.

The 5th trial of the trial on which the suspects of the Çorlu train massacre was tried started at the Çorlu Public Education Center.

The hearing taken to Çorlu Public Education Center will start at 10.00 due to the insufficient capacity of the hall in Çorlu Courthouse. Families seeking justice, like before every trial, came together in Çorlu Power Plant Park and walked to the Public Education Center.


The trial began last year on July 3 at the Corlu Palace of Justice in the Conference Hall of 1 people, which was held as the 130st High Criminal Court. However, the relatives and injured of those who lost their lives were not taken in because there was no room in the hall.

After the events, the hearing was taken to the 600-July Hall of 15 people in Çorlu Public Education Center on the Bülent Ecevit Boulevard in Çoban Çeşme, Çorlu.

Before the 5th hearing today, the relatives of those who died in the accident and those who were injured in the accident came to the hearing about 1 kilometer from Çorlu Public Education Center and came on foot. Families carrying photographs of those who died in their hands shouted "Right, law, justice" slogans.

'We did not expect miracles, we wanted justice'

In the accident, her daughter Bihter Bilgin, her sisters Emel Duman and Derya Kurtuluş, and her nephew, 6-month-old Beren Kurtuluş, Zehra Bilgin said:

“It's been 718 days since I left my daughter. We have no children, no siblings, no lives, no wives, no mothers. We had only one thing we wanted in this two-year process, we did not expect miracles from anyone, we did not want anything. We said 'give us justice', we want justice. My son, my brothers, 25 lives will not come back. But we said no mother, father, sister and brother should burn like us. As a mother, I want my sons' murderers to be tried. ”

Source: One day

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