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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Erdogan said that Russia allowed the death penalty

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ranked Russia, the countries that apply the death penalty. According to him, the authorities are ready to bring back capital punishment, if so required by the people.

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Erdogan said the possibility of the return of the death penalty in his speech before thousands of his supporters in Istanbul. This issue has again become relevant after the military coup that occurred in Turkey in the night of July 16.

The Turkish authorities are ready to restore in law the death penalty, if it approves citizens and the Parliament, Erdogan said. According to him, Turkey is a “democratic state” and could not ignore the demands of the people.

In addition, the President noted that the death penalty is a normal practice in many countries of the world. “Where today there is no death penalty? In America? In Russia? In China? Where in the world? Only in the EU there is no death penalty,” the BBC quoted Erdogan.

Thus the Turkish leader was a huge mistake, as Russia imposed a moratorium on the death penalty, 16 April 1997. Since then, capital punishment in the country can neither be imposed nor enforced.

Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2002, a year that allowed her to begin negotiations on accession to the European Union. Prior to that, prisoners sentenced to capital punishment were executed mostly by hanging.

However, after the suppression of armed rebellion, the Turkish authorities have once again talking about the return of the death penalty. Erdogan promised to discuss the matter with the opposition parties. Such a decision reacted very negatively to the European Union. In particular, the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini said yesterday that no country can count on membership in EU in the imposition of the death penalty.

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