TURKISH PM ERDOGAN REFUSES TO RULE OUT EXECUTION OF FAILED TURKEY COUP LEADERS

Turkish President Erdogan greets his supporters as he leaves from his residence in Istanbul

According to the Guardian newspaper, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has refused to rule out executing the ringleaders of last week’s failed coup, despite repeated warnings from western leaders who said the use of the death penalty would end Turkish hopes of joining the European Union.

“The people have the opinion that these terrorists should be killed,” Erdoğan said in interview for one of the media agencies. “Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons for years to come? That’s what the people say.” Erdoğan said the final decision lay with parliament and that “as the president, I will approve any decision to come out of the parliament”.

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