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.
Mr. Fuller in his lengthy comment argues that the Gulen Movement (GM) is a civilian movement that has nothing to do with violence and political ambitions. Well, based on our experience in recent years, I would say, in the simplest words, the following: That’s what we thought so, Mr. Fuller, but it was a long time ago! It is over now, we have changed our minds dramatically in recent years about the possible real intentions and ambitions of this so called “movement.”
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