Turkey to free 38,000 prisoners in 2 years

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Some 38,000 prisoners will be released during the next two years in Turkey, the country’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said, TRT Haber news channel reported Aug. 17.

Bozdag added that this is not an act of pardon, and the prisoners will be released under supervision.

Reportedly, more than 2,690 people were dismissed from Turkey’s state departments as part of the fight against the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who is involved in the organization of the July 15 military coup attempt in the country.

An Istanbul court ordered on Aug. 4 to arrest Fethullah Gulen.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people, excluding the coup plotters, and over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

2016.08.17 / 13:15
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