Families of Soma victims to march to Ankara “for justice”

When justice failed in the work murder in Soma where 301 miners lost their lives, the families decided to march to Ankara.

The families are not content with the outcome in the case about 301 miners losing their lives in Soma, Manisa with 51 suspects, 5 on remand, and decided to march to Ankara.

The families say the sentences issued to 14 suspects including Soma Coal and Mining Co. CEO Can Gürkan are not “just” and called for support for the march they are going to launch from the Soma Cemetery where the miners are buried.

“We are calling on all mothers, all persons whose sense of justice was hurt to support us,” said the families and added that the case is not over yet.


37 suspects including former Soma Co. boss Alp Gürkan were acquitted.

Sentences issued to other suspects are as follows:

Mehmet Ali Günay Çelik was sentenced to 13 years in prison, which was reduced to 11 years and 8 months on good behavior.

Yasin Kurnaz, Hilmi Kazık, Haluk Evinç, Hilmi Karakoç, Hüseyin, Mehmet Erez and Fuat Ünal Aydın were sentenced to 10 years each, reduced to 8 years and 4 months with good behavior.

Murat Bodur was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison, reduced with good behavior.