The incident became known when Sad al-Delil, a Syrian refugee who was one of those thrown into the river, applied to the Istanbul Branch of the Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD).
Two lawyers from the Istanbul branch of the ÖHD and one from the Human Rights Association of Turkey (İHD), two of the refugees who claim that they were thrown into the river, and a father whose son is missing went to Edirne city on request of the Governorate of Edirne to meet with the refugees, MA reported.
ÖHD lawyer Vedat Çağırtekin said that they did go to the city, but that they postponed the meeting with the governorate because of the inquiry. He said that two of the refugees who were pressing charges gave statements to the inquiry.
He said that after the statements were taken they went to the border at the River Meriç to indicate the scene of the incident, but that as the statements of the refugees had taken some time it was dark by the time they arrived there, and the scene of the incident could not be determined. He said that they would return to Edirne for the determination of the scene on 13 September.
Çağırtekin also said that the governorate would need to give instructions within the scope of the inquiry for the search of the river in order to find the bodies, and indicated that the ÖHD would be making a request to the governorate to expedite the search activities