Judge releases convicted woman until baby recovers

June 20, 2012, Wednesday/ 15:29:00

The presiding judge of a Kastamonu court temporarily released a woman, convicted on various charges including smuggling drugs into a jail, until her ailing baby recovers, the Vatan daily reported on Wednesday.

Sultan Pehlivan was released from jail, even though she was sentenced to 29 years for bribery, drug trafficking and smuggling a banned substance into a prison. She had been detained after it was discovered that with the help of a prison guard, she had delivered drugs to her brother, who was serving time in a Kastamonu prison. Pehlivan's lawyer, Hakan Tunçkol, said during a recent hearing that his client had 20 days earlier given birth to a baby who was in an intensive care unit and required constant care by its mother. Pehlivan will return to prison after her baby has recovered.

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