17 August 2016
Bekir Bozdag, Turkish Justice Minister, said on Wednesday in Istanbul that government would grant conditional, not an amnesty, release to 38,000 prisoners.
He described the release as a move to make room in jails for the thousands arrested since last month’s failed coup.
Bozdag said that the measure excludes anyone arrested after the July 15 coup attempt, and only includes those whose crimes were committed before July 1.
The minister insisted that the conditional release was for inmates who had two years or less remaining on their sentences, and who had displayed good behaviour.
Anadolu warned that those convicted of serious crimes such as murder, domestic violence, sexual abuse or crimes against the state would be excluded.
Turkey’s prisons are dangerously overcrowded since the attempted coup.
Reports indicate that more than 17,000 are in custody for their alleged connections with the coup plotters.
“They include businessmen, judges, prosecutors, civil servants, police officers and soldiers, among others.
Government blamed the coup attempt on Islamic preacher, Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the U.S.