Turkey to toughen penalties for sexual offences against children

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Baku, Azerbaijan, May 6

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey will toughen penalties for sexual offences committed against minors, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel said Tuesday, May 6.

A draft law may be submitted to the Turkish parliament in the coming days.

It will include an imprisonment for up to 39 years for sexual offences committed against minors.

Earlier, Turkish Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said the country can restore the death penalty, as four children have been raped and killed in the past two months in different cities of Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also speaking on this matter said Turkey's commitments to the EU do not allow restoring the death penalty.

The death penalty was abolished in Turkey in 2004 as part of the reforms for the EU accession.

Translated by E.A.

Edited by S.I.

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