Court sentences three over 2012 explosion that killed 25 soldiers in Turkey’s Afyonkarahisar

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In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo fire is seen burning after an explosion at an ammunition depot in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. (AA Photo)
In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo fire is seen burning after an explosion at an ammunition depot in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. (AA Photo)

A court in southcentral Turkey's Afyonkarahisar on Monday sentenced three people over the 2012 explosion at an ammunition depot that killed more than two dozen soldiers and wounded 11.

Afyonkarahisar's First Heavy Penal Court sentenced former colonel Veysel Özbay and former major Ali Duran each to 13 years and four months in prison, while former lieutenant Tuncay Aydın received six years and eight months.

All three were convicted of "conscious negligence with causing death and bodily harm to more than one person" as requested by the prosecutor.

Defense attorneys sought acquittal of the convicts.

The court initially sentenced Özbay and Duran to 16 years each and Aydın to 8 years, but later reduced the sentences due to their good conduct in court.

On Sept. 5, 2012, some 25 soldiers died and 11 people, including 8 soldiers, were wounded in an explosion at the Martyr Specialist Sergeant Mete Saraç Kışlası ammunition depot in Afyonkarahisar.

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