Mutki dump site may be moved to facilitate excavations

A large dump site in the Mutki district of Bitlis, where excavations have recently started to shed light on unsolved murders in the region, may be moved to another location to simplify the investigation.

Mutki dump site may be moved to facilitate excavations

World Bulletin / News Desk

A large dump site in the Mutki district of Bitlis, where excavations have recently started to shed light on unsolved murders in the region, may be moved to another location to simplify the investigation.

Investigators looking for the bodies of people who went missing in the 1990s -- allegedly as a result of the activities of an illegal network inside the gendarmerie called JİTEM -- have found the remains of 12 human bodies during excavations which began early this month.

JİTEM is thought to be responsible for most of Turkey's unsolved murders in the predominantly Kurdish East and Southeast.

Witnesses involved in burying the victims failed to find the exact burial locations due to a thick layer of garbage in the area. Prosecutors asked experts from universities in the region whether the dump site could be moved and whether such a move would be dangerous because of the possible release of methane gas. In their report, experts said the site's relocation does carry the risk of methane gas release. Prosecutors sent the report to a team of experts in İstanbul and will take action in line with the response they receive.

Last Mod: 17 Ocak 2011, 21:48
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