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Turkey May Free Coup-Probe Prisoners Under New Law, Sabah Says

May 10, 2012

Turkey’s parliament may pass legislation that allows judges to free suspects jailed in a series of coup-plot investigations, Sabah reported.

A measure approved by a parliamentary committee in Ankara would remove a restriction that says suspects must be remanded in custody pending trial if the offense they are charged with carries a maximum jail sentence of three years or more, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper. About 36,000 prisoners would be covered by the bill, it said.

Turkish prosecutors are carrying out four separate probes into military interventions in politics, ranging from the coup of 1980 to alleged plots against the current administration of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Current and former military officers, three opposition lawmakers and several journalists and academics are among those jailed during the investigations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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