Turkish opposition demands to restore death penalty for terrorists
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 30
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
In Turkey, the head of the opposition National Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli urged the government to restore the death penalty for terrorists, the Turkish TV channel TRT Haber reported March 30.
The fact that the death penalty was abolished in Turkey unties the hands of terrorists, Bahceli said.
On Feb. 16, 2015, the head of the parliament's justice commission Ahmet İyimaya said that Turkey's parliament may consider the restoration of death penalty.
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.
Ozgecan Aslan was last week raped and killed by a bus driver. Her body was found in a river in southern Turkey.
Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2001. The country hasn't used the death penalty since 1986.
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