Man released by prisoner amnesty bill detained over homicide in western Turkey

Turkish authorities detained a former inmate in connection with a murder in the western province of İzmir, shortly after he was released by new government-sanctioned COVID-19 prevention measures, Diken reported.

The freshly released convict fatally struck the victim with rock after the pair had an argument on the outskirts of the town of Torbalı, the news site said.

Police caught the suspect after he fled the scene of the crime, it said.

It is not clear what crime the suspect had served time for while in jail.

Turkish parliament on April 13 passed a law allowing for the release of tens of thousands of prisoners to ease overcrowding in jails and protect detainees from the coronavirus pandemic. The release of prisoners that qualified for the amnesty began last week.

Opposition parties and activists have criticised the amnesty bill for excluding those jailed on terrorism charges, including journalists and politicians swept up in a crackdown following the July 2016 coup attempt.