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Court drops charges against Torunlar CEO, officials over deadly accident.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- An ystanbul court has dropped charges against eight senior officials and the owner of a local construction company that is accused of negligence in a deadly accident which killed 10 workers in central ystanbul last month.

The workers were killed when an industrial elevator carrying them fell from the 32nd floor of the building they were working on, crashing to the ground floor. The building, Torun Center, is owned by Turkey's Torunlar GYO and is a high-rise residential complex being built where the Ali Sami Yen Stadium once stood in the city's E[currency]iE-li district. Shortly after the accident, inspectors from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security found at least three indications of negligence, which were probable contributing factors to the industrial elevator accident.

Torunlar GYO was accused of ignoring its responsibility to perform periodical maintenance checks and repairs on the elevator. Turkish media reported on Tuesday that a court order dropped charges against Torunlar GYO CEO Aziz Torun; the firm's deputy general manager, Yunus Emre Torun; Deputy CEO Mehmet Torun; Accounting Manager LE-tfE- Vardy; Purchasing Manager AbdE-lvahit Kaplan; the Torun Center project coordinator, Tuncer Akarcay; and job safety specialists Haluk Okur, BektaE- AteE- and Euzmen Euzmenoy-lu.

Earlier media reports claimed no inspections had been conducted on the Torun Center construction site since the Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKy) pulled out of the project in March of last year.

The construction of Torunlar Center has long been contentious. In 2011, the ystanbul 2nd Administrative Court issued a ruling against its construction, finding that it would lead to "damage hard to undo." The court found that company officials had not included the basement floors of the building in plans it had drawn up that outlined it was upholding regulations limiting the number of floors allowed in the area; it therefore increased the actual number of floors to be constructed. The court also found that the company's plans allowed it to increase the percentage of structures to be built on the site by 80 percent. However, a change later made by the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning to the area zoning plan allowed for the construction to continue.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Oct 21, 2014
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