Turkey to Conditionally Release Some 38,000 Prisoners - Justice Minister

© AFP 2022 / OZAN KOSE A file photo showing Turkish police officers detain a Turkish soldier who allegedly took part in a military coup as they are leaving in a bus the courthouse at Bakirkoy district in Istanbul on July 16, 2016
A file photo showing Turkish police officers detain a Turkish soldier who allegedly took part in a military coup as they are leaving in a bus the courthouse at Bakirkoy district in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The Turkish government has decreed the release of some 38,000 prisoners from the country's jails, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the minister, the prisoners will be on probation after the release.

"The result of this arrangement will be about 38,000 people being released from the closed and open prisons," Bozdag wrote in his official Twitter account.

Supporters of Tukish President Tayyip Erdogan celebrate after soldiers involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The decision comes following mass arrests in the wake of the anti-government failed coup on July 15.

At least 16,000 people have been arrested and thousands more detained since the coup attempt that led to over 260 deaths. Soldiers, judges, journalists, police officers and government employees are among those arrested over alleged links to the coup attempt.

Over 50,000 judges, civil servants, and educators have been suspended under a state of emergency, with thousands more people being under investigation.

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