Turkey has issued a decree for the conditional release of 38,000 prisoners in an apparent move to make space for thousands of people arrested as part of an investigation into last month’s failed coup.

The decree, announced by the country’s justice minister, allows the release of inmates who have two years or less to serve of their sentences.

It also makes convicts who have served half their prison term eligible for parole.

However, those convicted of murder, domestic violence, sexual abuse or terrorism and other crimes against the state will be excluded.

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