Duvar EnglishTurkey begins releasing prisoners as part of measures against coronavirus
A man reportedly released from prison with a recent judicial bill beat his wife and took his children hostage using a long-barreled weapon in the capital Ankara on April 25.
The man, identified only as Fatih S., beat his wife Alev S., prompting the woman to leave her house.
Fatih S. then called his wife and threaten to kill their children if she doesn't come back.
Following Alev S.'s complaint, police, fire department and healthcare teams were dispatched to the scene. Despite police persuasion efforts, Fatih S. didn't let the hostages go.
Police then asked Alev S. to enter the building with a bulletproof vest and the man released the children. He was subsequently detained.
Later in the day, Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office released a statement, saying that the man wasn't released with the bill.
According to the prosecutor's office, Fatih S. was arrested on May 19, 2017 and released on Sept. 23, 2019.
Turkey began releasing prisoners on April 15 after passing a bill on releasing thousands of convicts and arrestees to ease overcrowding in prisons in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The bill was slammed for excluding journalists and political prisoners.