725. Initial duty to release.

As soon as a prisoner1:

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    (1)     who is serving a 'Criminal Justice Act 1991 sentence'2, or who is serving an extended 'Criminal Justice Act 2003 sentence' (as defined for these purposes)3; and

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    (2)     who meets the statutory conditions for automatic release on licence4,

has served two-thirds of the sentence, it is the duty of the Secretary of State5 to release the person on licence6. Where these transitional provisions apply7, they apply in place of the usual Criminal Justice Act 2003 provisions8 which govern the release on licence of prisoners serving 12 months or more9. After a person who falls within