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Conscientious objector released

Conscientious objector Halil Karapaşaoğlu won his appeal against his 20 day sentence for not doing his one-day ‘refresher’ military service.

Conscientious objector released

Lefkoşa’s Military Court reduced the sentence to three days because the amendment on the military law to allow for conscientious objection to military service was still in discussion, the court heard on Friday.
Following the decision Mr Karapaşaoğlu was due to go to Lefkoşa Central Prison before going home.
Fellow conscientious objector and New Cyprus Party (YKP) General Secretary Murat Kanatlı said the decision was “important for Halil’s freedom”.
“The legal proceedings need to continue. The legislation has reached an important stage. Our aim after this is for the law to be discussed by the committee on January 30.”
Mr Karapaşaoğlu’s lawyer Öncel Polili said: “This is an important step in the development of rights and freedoms.”
“Now the duty lies with the Parliament.”

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