BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:07 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would approve “without any hesitation” the reinstatement of capital punishment in Turkey.
The comments were made at an event rallying support for the country’s upcoming referendum in Canakkale, Saturday.
Erdogan said “I believe, God willing, that after the April 16 vote, the parliament will do the necessary thing concerning your demands for capital punishment. As for me, I will approve it without any hesitation.”
Erdogan began to explain why capital punishment was needed against those involved in the coup.
“Who opened fire on their own citizens that night? Who opened fire on their brothers in arms that night? Who attacked their own people with tanks and artillery, bombed the parliament, the presidential complex and headquarters of the Special Forces? They are all busted. Our people should be at ease. Those murderers and their supporters will get the penalty they deserve,” he said.
He then went onto say how the inspiration for capital punishment was for the families who had people killed in the coup attempt.
“Right now I have the families of martyrs and war veterans in front of me; you do not need to worry. I believe, God willing, that after the April 16 vote, the parliament will do the necessary thing concerning your demands for capital punishment,” he continued.
“As for me, I will approve it without any hesitation. What George says, what Hans says, what whoever says – will not be our concern. What our people say, what almighty God says – that will be our concern,” he added.