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Reinstatement of Capital Punishment Possible in Turkey

People who attempted a military coup in Turkey must pay, says the country's leader

People walk past destroyed police and civilian vehicles near the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey Sunday, July 17, 2016 that were attacked by Turkish planes during a failed military coup Friday, photo: AP/ Ali Unal
1 year ago

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave signals that Turkey might reinstate capital punishment in the wake of Friday’s failed coup attempt.

Erdogan spoke to his supporters in front of his Istanbul residence Sunday evening. His speech was punctuated by frequent calls of “we want the death penalty” from the large crowd, to which Erdogan responded: “We hear your request. In a democracy, whatever the people want they will get.”

Adding that they will be in contact with Turkey’s opposition parties to reach a position of capital punishment, “We will not delay this decision for long. Because those who attempt a coup in this country must pay.”

Turkey hasn’t executed anyone since 1984 and capital punishment was legally abolished in 2004 as part of its bid to join the European Union.

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