August 17, 2016

PRIORITIES: Turkey to Free 38,000 Prisoners as Coup Arrests Crowd Jails.

A government decree published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday allows the conditional release of prisoners with less than two years to parole. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said about 38,000 people will be set free “initially.”

As of last week, Turkey had formally arrested more than 17,000 people and was holding about 6,000 others suspected of links to the botched takeover.

It wasn’t a failed coup; it’s a successful purge.

Prisoners not being released include “those convicted of terrorist acts, sexual offenses and murder.”

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