Turkey mulls death penalty after failed coup attempt: Recep Tayyip Erdogan
July 18, Ankara: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey would consider reinstating the death penalty after the failed attempt to overthrow his government.
Reacting to crowds in Istanbul he said calling for capital punishment: "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."
"We cannot delay this anymore because in this country, those who launch a coup will have to pay the price for it," he told supporters after attending funerals for victims of the coup attempt.
According to reports, Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004 under reforms aimed at obtaining European Union membership.
Reinstatement would create further issues between the EU and Ankara in the already stalled membership talks.
Gulen condemned the coup attempt "in the strongest terms" in a rare interview with reporters in Pennsylvania and rejected charges of being the coup mastermind, suggesting Erdogan may have staged it himself, Al Jazeera reported.
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