Source: News Bharati English17 Aug 2016 15:08:38
Ankara, August 17: A decree was issued in Turkey, which will conditionally release 38,000 prisoners from the jails as to lessen the population and make space for the people who were arrested under investigation into last month's failed coup. The measures would not apply for crimes committed after July 1, excluding any people later convicted of coup involvement.
According to the reports, it is decided in the decree that inmates, who are supposed to serve for two years or less than that, will be released. Also inmates, on the grounds of good behavior, have served half of the prison term and are eligible for parole will get the benefit of release. However, decree has taken an important stand by excluding the people convicted of murder, domestic violence, sexual abuse or terrorism and other crimes, from the release.
Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag addressed the situation on twitter, tweeting that the measure would lead to the release of some 38,000 people. He pointed out it was not a pardon or an amnesty but a conditional release of prisoners. The decrees will also enable former air force pilots to return to duty, making up for a deficit resulting from the dismissal of military pilots.
Over 290 people were killed and more than hundreds injured in the gunfire, explosions and air attacks following an unsuccessful military coup in Turkey against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. More than 2800 were arrested after uprising against President Erdogan. Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency on July 21.