Turkey: Death toll from bootleg liquor rises to 45

2020-10-14 | Since 1 Month

Turkey has stepped up crackdown on bootleg alcohol as the death toll from poisoning since Oct. 9 rose to 45 on Wednesday.

They died after consuming intoxicating liquor in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Aydin, Mugla, Kirikkale, Trabzon and Zonguldak provinces.

Since then, nationwide raids against producers have increased. As many as 227 suspects have been held, 60 of whom have remanded in custody in operations in 18 provinces.

Over the past six days, security forces seized approximately 25,000 liters and 2,842 bottles of ethyl alcohol; 15 tons of material used to prepare bootleg alcohol, and at least 18,500 liters and 2,099 bottles of bootleg drinks.

Illegally produced liquor with substandard raw material and chemicals causes permanent blindness, metabolic disturbances and even death.

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