Death toll from alcohol poisoning rises to 19 in Istanbul

Number of people killed by alcohol poisoning rises to 19 in Turkey’s Istanbul

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Bottles of counterfeit alcohol seized by police force in raids carried out in different districts of Istanbul on October 29, 2015.

Another person has died in Istanbul after being poisoned with counterfeit alcohol, raising the total number of deaths from the incident to 19, Turkish health and police officials said on Sunday.

More than 90 people have reported to hospitals for suspected alcohol poisoning out of which 19 people have died since Oct. 18.

According to officials at Istanbul’s provincial Directorate of Health, 15 others are currently hospitalised in intensive care units.

The experts have been investigating samples from patients to find out the exact causes of the poisoning.

Fourteen out of 21 people who were detained after being accused of manufacturing and selling illegal alcoholic products were indicted.

The suspects were sent to court on charges of "causing death and injury of more than one person with eventual intent."

Seven of them have been released under judicial controls.

The Police have determined that the counterfeit alcohol products were produced mainly in three districts of Istanbul - Kucukcekmece, Esenler and Bagcilar.

The police raided homes and shops of 15 suspects in Kucukcekmece, Esenler, Bagcilar and Gaziosmanpasa and discovered high volumes of  alcohol and the machinery with which it was produced.

The Ministry of Health released a statement on Oct. 29, saying that more than 90 people have been admitted to hospitals due to alcohol poisoning since Oct.18.

TRTWorld, AA