Turkey jails mine bosses over 2014 deadly accident Jul 12, 2018 0 44 12345 AFPISTANBULA TURKISH court on Wednesday handed jail terms of up to 22 years to five top managers convicted of negligence over Turkey's worst ever mining disaster, which claimed hundreds of lives.The accident in May 2014 killed 301 people when one of the pits of the Soma mine became engulfed by flames and carbon monoxide gas, trapping 800 miners working inside.The tragedy sparked protests and raised new concerns about Turkey's dire industrial safety record.Relatives and the opposition denounced Wednesday's verdicts -- handed out on negligence rather than murder convictions -- as outrageously lenient after prosecutors had initially demanded terms of 301 times 25 years for all the main suspects.After a trial lasting over three years, the court in the western Turkish town of Akhisar jailed the former CEO of the Soma mine, Can Gurkan, for 15 years, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.The mine's general manager Ramazan Dogru and technical manager Ismail Adali were handed prison sentences of 22 years and six months, and operations manager Akin Celik and technical supervisor Ertan Ersoy 18 years and nine months, it added.The chairman of the Soma Mines Company which owned the mine, Alp Gurkan, the father of Can Gurkan, was acquitted along with 36 other suspects.Out of 51 suspects on trial, nine other lower-ranking mine managers were given jail terms of six to 11 years.The Dogan news agency said the verdicts prompted victims' lawyers and families to walk out of court in protest. Emergency services needed to be called as several collapsed due to stress, it added. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Air strikes, clashes rock IS pocket in south Syria Jul 12, 2018 0 71 Drivers rejoice as Damascus dismantles checkpoints Jul 12, 2018 0 66 Turkey detains controversial televangelist over 'fraud' Jul 12, 2018 0 63 Israel Patriot missile intercepts unarmed drone from Syria: Army AFP JERUSALEM ISRAEL fired a Patriot missile on Wednesday to intercept what initial findings showed was an unarmed Syrian drone that may have been on an intelligence mission, the army said. It was not clear if the unmanned .. Irish Senate clears law to ban goods from Israeli settlements AFP DUBLIN THE Irish Senate gave its support on Wednesday to a draft law prohibiting the import of goods produced in occupied territories around the world, including Israeli settlements considered illegal under .. At least 11 dead in Iran bus-tanker collision AFP TERHAN AT least 11 people died on Wednesday when a fuel tanker collided with a bus in western Iran, state media reported. The vehicles crashed shortly after midnight (1900 GMT Tuesday) in Sanandaj, the capital of ..