Turkey to free thousands of prisoners due to coronavirus pandemic

 Some 45,000 to be freed until end of May, but politicians, journalists, critics jailed after 2016 coup not included. 

Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law to allow tens of thousands of prisoners to be released to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country’s overcrowded prisons, but the exclusion of those jailed on “terrorism” charges in the crackdown following the 2016 coup drew criticism.