Erdogan supported returning death penalty in Turkey


While speaking to his supporters in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that after the military coup attempt it is impossible to hold off the application of the death penalty.

This was reported by Associated Press.

According to the agency, in response to the demands of the crowd to execute the rebels, Erdogan said that “in democracy, people get what they want.”

“We will not delay this decision. Those who organized the rebellion have to pay,” quotes Associated Press.

Reuters reported that Erdogan promised to discuss this issue with the opposition parties.

  • The death penalty has been abolished in Turkey since 2004. Last time it was applied in 1984.
  • On the night of July 16, there was a coup attempt in Turkey, which involved mostly military. In the course of these events 290 people were killed, including about a hundred participants of the coup. More than 1,400 people were injured.
  • Almost 6,000 people were detained, including nearly 2,800 military personnel. In particular, the closest military adviser to the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the commander of the military base of Incirlik, where the U.S. Air Force is based, were among the detainees. Also, the authorities sanctioned the arrest of more than 2,700 judges. 426 judges and prosecutors were detained.