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Erdogan Not Ruling Out Death Penalty For Coup Supporters

Sputnik News

15:09 17.07.2016(updated 15:51 17.07.2016)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not ruling out instituting of death penalty for participants of the thwarted military coup in the country, media reported on Sunday.

ANKARA (Sputnik) – On Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the Constitutional Council and political parties in Turkey would discuss the feasibility of returning death penalty, following the military coup attempt in the country on Friday.

"In a democracy, the demand of people can not be ignored. It is your right. This [instituting of death penalty] will be evaluated within the frameworks of constitutional process by corresponding authorities, which will make the decision," Erdogan said in a speech broadcast by the local NTV TV channel.

The coup attempt was suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters were identified and would be apprehended as the country was returning to normal life.

At least 265 people were killed and 1,470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have already been detained, according to the prime minister.


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