38,000 to be re­leased to free up jail space

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURKEY will grant early re­lease to some 38,000 pris­on­ers who com­mit­ted crimes be­fore July 1, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Bekir Bozdag said yes­ter­day, amid re­ports of prison over­crowd­ing af­ter the failed coup.

Mr Bozdag said in a series of mes­sages on Twit­ter that the move was “not an amnesty” and the con­victs were not be­ing par­doned but re­leased on pa­role.

It will not ap­ply to con­victs guilty of mur­der, ter­ror­ism or state se­cu­rity crimes, nor to the thou­sands jailed af­ter the putsch which took place on July 15.

“The reg­u­la­tion refers to crimes com­mit­ted be­fore July 2016. The crimes com­mit­ted af­ter July 1, 2016, are out­side its scope,” Mr Bozdag said.

“As a re­sult of this reg­u­la­tion, ap­prox­i­mately 38,000 peo­ple will be re­leased from closed and open pris­ons at the first stage.”

The tim­ing means that it is im­pos­si­ble that any­one de­tained for com­plic­ity in the coup can be re­leased as part of the mass pa­role move.

There have been re­ports in Turk­ish me­dia that jails in the coun­try were suf­fer­ing se­vere over­crowd­ing be­cause of the in­flux of tens of thou­sands of pris­on­ers in the wake of the failed July 15 coup. –

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