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Turkish President Rejects Law Cutting Jail Terms in Match-Fixing

Turkish President Abdullah Gul overturned a law reducing prison terms for match-fixing charges to one to three years from as much as 12 years, according to the presidential website.

Gul returned the bill for review to Turkish parliament, saying sentencing reductions “give the impression that they are aimed at releasing particular people from jail,” it said. Parliament approved the law on Nov. 25, the website said.

Scores of people, including Aziz Yildirim, league-champion Fenerbahce’s (FENER) chairman, executives, coaches, players, journalists and former officials have been jailed as part of a probe into alleged match-fixing charges in Turkish soccer.

Special prosecutor Mehmet Berk’s investigation became public July 4 after raids on clubs, including runner-up Trabzonspor (TSPOR) and cup winner Besiktas.

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