Turkey is Set to Release up to 38,000 Prisoners

ggggThe Turkish government has approved the conditional release of 38,000 prisoners, among them many arrested following last month’s botched military coup, according to the Turkish justice minister.

Bekir Bozdağ, the minister, tweeted that the measure is not a pardon or an amnesty but a conditional release of prisoners.

The release will not include prisoners convicted of murder, domestic violence, sexual abuse or terrorism and other crimes against the state. It will also exclude any of those convicted for the failed July 15 coup.

Following that attempt, Turkey announced a state of emergency and began a wide crackdown on followers and members of the Gülen movement, which allegedly had been involved in the coup attempt. Thousands were rounded up, among them members of the army, police, intelligence, judges and journalists.