Turkey may bring back death penalty

Türkiye Materials 16 February 2015 16:57 (UTC +04:00)
Turkey’s parliament may consider the restoration of death penalty.
Turkey may bring back death penalty

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 16

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey's parliament may consider the restoration of death penalty, the Turkish news agency Anadolu quoted the head of the parliament's justice commission, Ahmet İyimaya, as saying on Feb. 16.

İyimaya said the death penalty can be applied in the case of violence against women, and particularly brutal murders.

Following the rape and murder of a 20-year-old student, Ozgecan Aslan, in Turkey's Mersin province, a number of ministers requested that the death penalty be used against the perpetrator.

Turkey's EU affairs minister, Volkan Bozkir said that if something like this had happened to his relatives, he would execute the criminals himself.

Ozgecan Aslan was last week raped and killed by a bus driver. Her body was found in a river in southern Turkey.

In relation to the crime, three people were detained - the bust driver, his father and a friend, who helped to get rid of the evidence.

Thousands of women took part in a protest on Feb. 13 after the report about Ozgecan Aslan's murder was publicized.

Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2001. The country hasn't used the death penalty since 1986.

According to stats from the Family Research Council under the Turkish Cabinet of Ministers, 228 women were killed in the country with extreme atrocity in 2014.

Edited by SI


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