The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told CNN on Monday that he is strongly considering the reinstatement of the capital punishment decree for the 8,777 people arrested for allegedly taking part in the military coup last Friday.
Erdogan alleged that he is considering the death penalty for the coup conspirators due to pressure from Turkish civilians.
“The people now have the idea, after so many terrorist incidents, that these terrorists should be killed, that’s where they are, they don’t see any other outcome to it,” he told CNN on Monday.
The Turkish president added that he believes that these conspirators are guilty of the highest form of treason and should be punished accordingly for their crimes against the state.
“Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons, for years to come? That’s what the people say,” he said. “They want a swift end to it, because people lost relatives, lost neighbors, lost children … they’re suffering, so the people are very sensitive and we have to act very sensibly and sensitively.”
The U.S. government issued a warning to the Turkish regime on Monday regarding the mistreatment of their prisoners.