The European Union has reminded Ankara that Turkey has obligations under the European Convention for the protection of human rights and also obligations of a member of the Council of Europe, so can’t return to the death penalty, Reuters reports, citing a statement by the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini.
“No country can become a member of the EU if it imposes the death penalty,” said Mogherini reporters, when asked of the speculation that applying for EU membership, Turkey may put the death penalty of leaders of the failed coup. She stressed that Turkey is an important part of the Council of Europe and must therefore comply with the European Convention for the protection of human rights, “which is very understandable in terms of relation to the death penalty.”
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said about a possible return to the death penalty. “We can’t ignore the demands of the people in a democracy is your right,” Erdogan said, Recalling that on the eve of the Istanbul crowd were encouraged to return the death penalty.
First that the constitutional Council of Turkey may consider the return of the death penalty, on Saturday morning, after the suppression of the mutiny said the Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, when answering a question of journalists, what penalties may be incurred by the conspirators. However, he reminded that “according to the Constitution abolished the death penalty”. Erdogan, commenting on this subject, said that the right of Turkey on the death penalty “should be assessed by the relevant authorities in accordance with the Constitution”.
The return of the death penalty became one of the requirement of Erdogan’s supporters, who took to the streets to protest against the coup.
On the night of July 16 in Turkey was an attempted military coup. According to the latest data, as a result against the backdrop of the riots killed more than 290 people, about 1440 were injured. Just for participating in the rebellion were arrested about 6 thousand people, including dozens of generals.