Several dead after consuming counterfeit alcohol in Turkey

Consumption of counterfeit alcoholic products kills nine people in 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.

Nine people have been reported dead since Wednesday in Istanbul after consuming alcoholic products that were improperly produced, meanwhile police have detained 15 suspects for producing, supplying and selling counterfeit alcoholic products. 

Nine people died after being poisoned from methyl alcohol.

The homicide section of the Istanbul police department immediately opened an investigation following the death of Ercan Tumey on Wednesday night at Samatya research hospital.

After police contacted the Forensic Medicine Unit to determine the number of deaths in similar cases, they found out that eight other people were also killed from methyl alcohol poisoning in the last three days.

With these developments, police forces raided homes and business of 15 suspects in Kucukcekmece, Esenler, Bagcilar and Gaziosmanpasa districts of Istanbul and discovered high volumes of  alcohol and the machinery where it was produced.

Releasing a statement following the reports, the Ministry of Health said that since Oct.18, 47 people have been admitted to hospitals because of alcohol poisoning, in which six of them lost their lives.

In addition, a statement informed that seven out of 23 victims that remain under treatment at hospitals are in a life-threatening state.

TRTWorld and agencies