Monday, July 18th, 2016

Erdogan mulls bringing back death penalty in Turkey

Narada Desk | July 18, 2016 12:54 pm Print
Bringing back capital punishment which it abolished in 2004 could hinder Ankara's bid to join the EU

After the coup attempt has been foiled, the Turkish government is now mulling to reinstate death penalty in the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will discuss this issue with opposition parties.

“In democracies, decisions are made based on what the people say. I think our government will speak with the opposition and come to a decision.” He said reacting to the demands by certain sections to bring back capital punishment. He said those who tried to overthrow elected government needs to pay the price for it. He was talking at public meeting after the funeral of the victims of the botched coup on Sunday.

Death penalty was abolished in Turkey in 2004 as part of the reforms intended to get membership in the European Union (EU).

The membership issue is stalled because of other issues. If capital punishment is reinstated it will create more impediments for Turkey becoming a part of EU .

Erdogan urged the US to extradite Fetullah Gulen, Pennsylvania  based Muslim cleric, accused by Turkey as the man behind the coup attempt.

Fetullah, on the other hand said Erdogan himself might be behind the coup attempt and had condemned the attempt to overthrow the Turkish government.

6,000 people have been detained from across the country after the failed coup attempt on Friday night. Authorities say more arrest may take place.

According to Reuters General Bekir Ercan Van, commander of the Incirlik air base from where the US launch air attacks on IS in Syria and Iraq is among those arrested.

Fox news reported that the government has issued a warrant against Erdogan’s top military aide  Col. Ali Yazhici. But the report did not specify what role he played in the attempted coup.

The government has so far dismissed around 3000 judges as the investigators are preparing court cases to try the conspirators behind the coup attempt.

Across the country, thousands marched through the streets after the attempt to overthrow government was defeated.

 

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