Ankara, Aug 8: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he would approve the return of the death pelty if it was backed by parliament and the public. He made the remarks during the “Democracy and Martyrs’ Rally” on Sunday evening in Istanbul against the July 15 failed coup attempt, Hurriyet Daily News reported. “If parliament accepts the reintroduction of death pelty, I will accept it,” he told the crowd, adding that the death pelty exists in the US, Japan and “many other countries”.
“If the people want death pelty, I think the political parties will also accept it,” Hurriyet Daily News quoted the President as saying. The death pelty existed in Turkey until 1984.
Erdogan also said the state would be cleansed of all supporters of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who is blamed by the Turkish government for the attempted uprising. He has denied any involvement. Religious figures and leaders of two of Turkey’s three opposition parties attended the rally, the BBC reported. The Kurdish party was not invited.(IANS)