World Bulletin/News Desk
Currently 129,724 individuals who have suspect, defendant and convict status in criminal trials are making use of conditional release provisions, according to recent data from the Ministry of Justice.
Rulings issued by courts for conditional release include cases where optional punishments in lieu of short-term jail sentences might be called for, cases where a stay of execution of a sentence or suspension or delay of a jail sentence might be implemented, cases where convicts can't serve in prison due to health conditions and also in cases of people benefiting from Turkey's partial amnesty law, called effective penitence.
Conditional release might have different forms ranging from the suspension of a driver's license or the deprivation of a certain freedom to house arrest.
Turkey is planning to use terms of conditional release more effectively and for a larger number of people. It has adopted new legislation to this end. In 2013, Turkey will adopt a more comprehensive system of electronic monitoring, which will enhance conditional release terms. Electronic monitoring centers have already been established in the Directorate of Prisons and Correctional Facilities. The staff has also been given training on electronic monitoring of individuals on conditional release.
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The number of publications in Kurdish has increased to 413 in the last year from 101 publications in 2008, statistics show.
The 1915 events took place during World War I, when a portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire sided with the invading Russians and rose up against the Ottoman authority. The uprisings were followed by a decision by the Ottoman Empire to relocate the Armenians living in eastern Anatolia.
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Former ministers will attend parliamentary debate corruption inquiry.
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Energy Minister Taner Yildiz will open the fair, and International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol will deliver a speech during the opening ceremony.
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