Violent crimes on the rise in Turkey after prisoner release


Reports of violent crimes in Turkey have increased after the Turkish government passed a bill releasing prisoners in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country’s overcrowded prisons.

On Sunday, Turkish authorities arrested a recently released inmate who confessed to murdering of his son in the western province of Denizli.

The 66-year-old suspect had struck his son with a hammer, before attempting to cremate the body by setting fire to a sofa, Birgün newspaper reported.
The man admitted to the murder, claiming his son had failed to kill the person who eloped with his daughter years ago, forcing the suspect to commit the murder himself.

In a bid to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in the country, Turkey earlier this month passed a bill for the release of as many as 90,000 inmates, or about a third of the incarcerated population. The new law expands the criteria for granting early release.

Another newly released convict fatally struck a victim with rock after the pair had an argument on the outskirts of the town of Torbalı, İzmir Province.

In a more high-profile case last Monday, a district mayor from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and his wife were shot in an attack in the western province of Burdur.

Yeşilova mayor Mümtaz Şenel and his wife Fatma Şenel were shot in their feet by a group of unidentified people that attacked them in their home around 4:30 in the morning. Mümtaz later said he was attacked because of a hotel his municipality shut down for running a prostitution racket, Birgün reported.

Separately, three men – convicted of extortion, drugs and murder – entered and vandalised a municipality building in the northeastern Kars, Evrensel said.

The men had come looking Kars Mayor Ayhan Bilgen, damaging office property and insulting security personnel. Bilgen said they were looking to buy property in the city and tried to strong-arm the municipality to speed the process of acquiring permits.



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