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Turkey Releases Over 800 Soldiers After Failed Coup

Turkish courts have released over 800 enlisted conscripts who were under arrest as part of the investigation into the July 15 failed coup, state media has reported.

In Istanbul on July 30, 758 out of 989 conscripts under arrest in the coup investigation were freed by the chief public prosecutor's office following a court decision.

The prosecutors recommended their release on the grounds they had delivered their testimony and did not pose a flight risk.

Among those released were military high-school students.

Another 47 enlisted conscripts were released by a court in Ankara on similar grounds.

According to the latest figures from Interior Minister Efkan Ala, over 9,000 people, mostly in the military, have been put under arrest in the aftermath of the failed coup, which caused the deaths of more than 200 people. Thousands more have been detained, but not formally arrested.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters