Turkey’s parliament has passed a bill presented to the floor of the house for the release of about one-third of the prisoners in the country.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party presented the bill to the floor of parliament for the release of prisoners to help minimise the spread of the virus across the country.

The bill will allow the release of about 45,000 for a temporal period of time while a similar number will be set free permanently.

The directive is to help limit the spread of the virus, especially in such places due to the overcrowding nature of the prisons across the country.

The country adopted a similar strategy in 2019 when most of its prisons were faced with chronic overcrowding.

Despite the massive vote in parliament on the bill, some people have also criticised the bill for excluding prisoners convicted of terrorism charges.

Most of these prisoners include journalists, politicians, rights campaigners, civil servants, judicial officials and military personnel, who were convicted after a fail military coup in 2016.

 

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