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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come under criticism before for his harsh reaction to those involved in the failed coup. AP/Press Association Images

Turkey considers restoring death penalty as punishment for failed coup

Turkish President Erdogan assured a crowd in Ankara that the parliament would approve the legislation, and that he would ratify it.

TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP Tayyip Erdogan has said that his government will ask their parliament to consider reintroducing the death penalty as a punishment for the plotters behind the failed July coup.

He made the announcement today during a speech in Ankara, saying:

“Our government will take this (proposal on capital punishment) to parliament.

“I am convinced that parliament will approve it, and when it comes back to me, I will ratify it.”

It’s not the first extreme measure taken against those involved in the July coup d’etat which aimed to oust President Erdogan.

Two-and-a-half months after the incident 32,000 suspects were placed under arrest and around one in every 1,000 people had been investigated in connection with the coup.

In August, thousands marched through Istanbul’s Yenikapi Square to show their support for President Erdogan as investigations into who was involved in the coup were ongoing.

The coup is claimed to have killed at least 273 lives, including 34 coup plotters.

© – AFP 2016

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