Turkish authorities have arrested 48 folks for looting or making an attempt to defraud victims after a strong earthquake hit Turkey, state media reported on Saturday.
The suspects had been held in eight totally different provinces as a part of investigations into looting after Monday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the area, information company Anadolu mentioned.
It later reported that 42 suspects had been held for looting in southern Hatay province, whereas six had been arrested over defrauding a sufferer in Gaziantep by phone.
The tremor and its aftershocks killed almost 26,000 folks in Turkey and Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday introduced a three-month state of emergency within the 10 provinces in southeastern Turkey impacted by the tremor.
Prosecutors can now detain folks for an additional three days from 4 days beforehand for looting crimes as a part of prolonged powers underneath the state of emergency, in accordance with a decree revealed within the official gazette Saturday.
Erdogan earlier Saturday vowed Turkey would crack down on looters.
“We have introduced a state of emergency,” he mentioned throughout a go to to the quake-affected province of Diyarbakir.
“Because of this, to any extent further, folks concerned in looting or kidnapping ought to know that the state’s agency hand is on their backs,” Erdogan mentioned.
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