Court says Spice Bazaar explosion caused by bomb, not gas leak

The court said Selek's fingerprints were found on materials that were used to make the explosive device.

Court says Spice Bazaar explosion caused by bomb, not gas leak

World Bulletin / News Desk

The İstanbul 12th High Criminal Court has said that an explosion that ripped through İstanbul's Spice Bazaar in 1998 was caused by a bomb and not a gas leak in its reasoned decision concerning the case of the explosion as part of which sociologist Pınar Selek was sentenced to life in prison, adding that Selek's fingerprints were found on the explosive device.

Early this year, the court handed down life imprisonment for Selek on charges of aiding and abetting Kurdish terrorists who the court concluded had planted a bomb that caused the explosion, in which seven people died and more than 120 were wounded.

The court said Selek's fingerprints were found on materials that were used to make the explosive device. Selek's case had been complicated by contradictory reports about whether the deadly explosion was caused by a bomb or a gas leak.

In its 407-page reasoned decision, the court said on Monday that the explosion was caused by a bomb, citing expert reports. According to news reports, the presiding judge on the panel annotated the decision, saying there was no evidence that the explosion was the result of a bomb.

Last Mod: 06 Mart 2013, 18:05
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