Turkish Parliament speaker announces support for return of death penalty

Duvar English

Turkish Parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop has said that he believes death penalty should be reintroduced for certain crimes.

“I am of the opinion that death penalty could be considered for premediated murder and sexual abuses committed against minors and women,” Şentop told a private TV channel on Sept. 29.

Şentop’s comments came after Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli, a staunch ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said earlier in September that Turkey should bring back the death penalty since “there is no other option to fight against crimes and criminals that surpass the threshold of fear.”

“We are witnessing most severe crimes that are make our flesh crawl, that bleed our conscience and go beyond our limits of toleration…With the opening of Turkish parliament on Oct. 1, 2010, our nation’s expectations should be met with the consensus of our lawmakers, and baby killers, perverts, scums and rapists should receive the sentences they deserve,” Bahçeli said in a written statement on Sept. 2.

Turkey scrapped the death penalty in 2004 as part of its push to join the European Union, but there have been frequent calls by Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for death penalty to be reinstated in the country. The issue was particularly on the government’s agenda following the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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