Er­do­gan wants death penalty for coup plot­ters

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURK­ISH Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan said his gov­ern­ment would ask par­lia­ment to con­sider rein­tro­duc­ing the death penalty as a pun­ish­ment for the plot­ters be­hind the July coup bid.

“I am con­vinced that par­lia­ment will ap­prove it, and when it comes back to me, I will rat­ify it,” Mr Er­do­gan said at an in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony in Ankara.

“Soon, soon, don’t worry. It’s hap­pen­ing soon, God will­ing,” he said, as at­tend­ing crowds chanted “We want the death penalty!”

Cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment was abol­ished in Turkey in 2004 as the na­tion sought ac­ces­sion to the Euro­pean Union.

After the failed bid to un­seat Mr Er­do­gan on July 15, the pres­i­dent had threat­ened to bring the death penalty back for the coup plot­ters, stun­ning EU lead­ers.

Re­la­tions be­tween Brus­sels and Ankara have been strained since Turkey re­sponded to the coup by launch­ing a re­lent­less crack­down against al­leged plot­ters in state in­sti­tu­tions, amid calls from the EU to act within the rule of law.

Mr Er­do­gan scoffed at the West’s warn­ings on the death penalty.

“The West says this, the West says that. Ex­cuse me, but what counts is not what the West says. What counts is what my peo­ple say,” he said in the Turk­ish cap­i­tal.

More than 35,000 peo­ple have been ar­rested in the crack­down un­leashed after the failed coup, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data. –

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