Erdogan Hints at Return of Death Penalty in Turkey

Can Turkey really reinstate the death penalty after the failed coup attempt? According to the EU and many politicians, jurists and human rights activists, the answer is no. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, however, insist capital punishment could be brought back. Since the failed putsch on July 15 Erdogan’s government insists on death penalty against all people who had taken part in putsch.
By the day Erdogan is proving he is a violent man. People suffer from his policy. Having arrested thousands of rebels he often says – they will pay a big price for what they have done. And after this kind of statement he wants to become the part of the EU.
Top EU officials, meanwhile, have issued a series of warnings that the death penalty is a thick red line, the violation of which will torpedo Turkey’s already struggling membership bid. “If Turkey should bring back the death penalty, we will immediately stop the negotiation process,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, stressing that a country recognizing capital punishment has no place in the EU.
“Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons for years to come?” Erdogan told CNN, three days after suppressing the coup attempt. He doesn’t want to understand that the coup is absolutely his blame. Erdogan proved that Atatürk’s European values haven’t been accepted in Turkey.

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