Turkey frees 1 200 soldiers

2016-07-23 15:44
Government supporters wave Turkish flags during a rally in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. (Petros Giannakouris, AP)

Government supporters wave Turkish flags during a rally in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. (Petros Giannakouris, AP)

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Ankara - Turkey has set free 1 200 soldiers detained after the military coup, a top prosecutor said on Saturday, in its first major release of suspects amid global criticism of the crackdown.

Those released were privates, Ankara's chief prosecutor Harun Kodalak was quoted as saying by Turkish media, adding that the authorities were seeking to swiftly sort out those who had fired on the people from those who did not.

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