Police have seized stocks of an illegally-produced liquor related to at least seven deaths in Turkey. According to local press reports yesterday (2 March), Turkish police have confiscated over 5,000 bottles of fake raki, an anise-flavoured drink popular in the country.

The semi-official Anatolia news agency said that more than 4,300 bottles were found in a truck in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya. NTV television station quoted the driver as saying that the liquor originated in Istanbul, where at least seven people died this week after drinking fake raki apparently made using methyl alcohol.

Another 1,100 bottles were seized in the north-western province of Sakarya, according to Anatolia.

Earlier this week, police raided a makeshift distillery in Istanbul, where the illegal liquor was produced and detained nine people. NTV said that authorities believe that hundreds of bottles remain on the market.