The number of convicts on probation in Turkey reached 353,749 as of July 31, as the authorities try to find space in prisons for the rising number of jailed Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETO) suspects, according to figures released by the Justice Ministry.
Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’ reports that a further 280,675 suspects are awaiting trial outside jails on judicial control orders, as the investigations into their cases continue, according to the Ministry. These suspects are banned from travelling and are obliged to sign in at local police stations at regular intervals. An additional 71 people have been place under house arrest instead of being imprisoned.
Recently, more prison inmates have been released early after the prison population exceeded 200,000 because of the ongoing investigations into those suspected of having links to FETO.