Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tanzanian President dismisses almost 10,000 public servants over forged college certificates

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French Election: Abstention, Anger & Apathy

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Macron vs. Le Pen: France's bitter presidential run-off race (part 1)

Read more

REPORTERS

The booming business of cannabis in Spain

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump's First 100 Days, The Pope in Egypt (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted by Islamic State group

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

France's wartime past takes centre stage in presidential campaign

Read more

#TECH 24

How one NGO is using 3D printers to improve disaster relief

Read more

REVISITED

What remains of Nicaragua’s revolution?

Read more

Europe

Turkey to release 38,000 from prison, frees space for coup plotters

© Adem Altan, AFP | A picture taken on August 2, 2016 shows a billboard of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set up at Kizilay Square, Ankara, during a protest against the failed military coup

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-08-17

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

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, or 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," 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 due to the influx of tens of thousands of prisoners in the wake of the failed July 15 coup.

According to Turkish officials, over 35,000 people have been detained since the coup attempt although almost 11,600 of them have since been released.

It is likely that releasing convicts not linked to the coup will make room for the alleged coup plotters who still face trials and heavy jail sentences.

Bozdag, however, did not outline his reasoning for the move.  

(AFP)

Date created : 2016-08-17

  • TURKEY

    Turkey issues arrest warrant for US-based cleric Gulen over coup

    Read more

  • TURKEY - EU

    Turkey’s post-coup crisis arrives in Europe, dividing the diaspora

    Read more

  • TURKEY

    Turkey to shut down air base, barracks of putschists after coup

    Read more

COMMENT(S)