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    Turkey parliament to consider death penalty for coup plotters

    Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday said his government would ask parliament to consider reintroducing the death penalty as a punishment for the plotters behind the July coup bid.

    "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," Erdogan said at an inauguration ceremony in Ankara.

    "Soon, soon, don't worry. It's happening soon, God willing," he said, as attending crowds chanted: "We want the death penalty!"

    Capital punishment was abolished in Turkey in 2004 as the nation sought accession to the European Union.

    After the failed bid to unseat Erdogan on July 15, the leader had threatened to bring the death penalty back for the coup plotters, stunning EU leaders.

    Relations between Brussels and Ankara have been strained since Turkey responded to the coup by launching a relentless crackdown against alleged plotters in state institutions, amid calls from the EU to act within the rule of law.

    Today, Erdogan scoffed at the West's warnings on the death penalty.

    "The West says this, the West says that. Excuse me, but what counts is not what the West says. What counts is what my people say," he said, during a ceremony to inaugurate a high-speed train station in the Turkish capital.

    More than 35,000 people have been arrested in the crackdown unleashed after the failed coup, according to official data.

    Ankara accuses exiled Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the coup -- a claim he denies.

    Erdogan's government has also repeatedly called on the United States, where Gulen lives, to extradite him.

    http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/...s_1944935.html

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    Defiant Erdogan attacks EU, backs restoring death penalty

    ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday defiantly stepped up his attacks on the European Union, saying Turkey had to go its own way and vowing to bring back the death penalty if parliament passed it.

    At the opening ceremony of a memorial dedicated to the roughly 250 people who died in last year's failed coup, Erdogan accused Brussels of "messing about" with Turkey's decades-long bid to join the bloc.

    The speech in the early hours of Sunday wound up a marathon session of public appearances by Erdogan in both the capital and Istanbul overnight to mark the anniversary of last year's defeated coup.

    "The stance of the European Union is clear to see ... 54 years have passed and they are still messing us about," he said, citing what he said was Brussels' failure to keep promises on everything from a visa deal to aid for Syrian migrants.

    "We will sort things out for ourselves. There's no other option."

    Ties with the West were strained when European governments voiced alarm at the scale of the crackdown that followed the coup. Some 150,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs and more than 50,000 detained on suspicion of links with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the attempted putsch.

    Erdogan also said he would approve, "without hesitation" the death penalty, if parliament voted to restore it -- a move that would effectively end Turkey's bid to join the EU.

    "I don't look at what Hans and George say. I look at what Ahmet, Mehmet, Hasan, Huseyin, Ayse, Fatma and Hatice say," he said, to cheers from a flag-waving crowd.

    Erdogan, the most popular and divisive politician in recent Turkish history, sees himself as the liberator of pious millions who were deprived for decades of their rights and welfare by the secular elite.

    The coup's defeat has likely ended decades of military interference in Turkish politics. But the purges have sharpened the divide between Erdogan's supporters and Western-facing Turks who want closer ties with Europe.

    'Slam the Door'

    Critics say Erdogan is using a state of emergency introduced after the coup to target opposition figures including rights activists, politicians and journalists.

    More than a dozen members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) - including its two co-leaders - are in jail, as well as local members of rights group Amnesty International.

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists calls Turkey the world's biggest jailer of journalists, with some 160 now detained. Leftist, pro-Kurdish and opposition media outlets have also been shut.

    Authorities on Saturday detained the editor of a local newspaper over a column criticizing the aftermath of the failed coup, her newspaper said.

    In the run-up to the anniversary, Turkish media has been saturated by coverage from the coup attempt, with some channels showing almost constant footage from last year of young men and headscarved mothers facing down armed soldiers and tanks.

    On Saturday, mobile phone networks played a 13-second pre-recorded message from Erdogan before connecting calls. In the message he honored the "martyrs" who died during the coup attempt and those "veterans" who took to the streets.

    'Rip the Heads Off'

    European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU remained committed to dialogue with Turkey and called on Ankara to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. He also warned against reinstating the death penalty.

    "One year after the attempted coup, Europe's hand remains outstretched," Juncker wrote in Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

    "If Turkey were to introduce the death penalty, the Turkish government would finally slam the door to EU membership."

    Addressing a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Istanbul on Saturday evening, Erdogan threatened to wreak violent retribution on Turkey's enemies, including FETO - his term for Gulen's network - and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

    "We know who is behind FETO, the PKK and all of them," he said. "We cannot defeat the queen, king, or sheikhs without defeating the pawns, knights and castles. Firstly, we will rip the heads off of these traitors."

    He also said that alleged members of Gulen's network would be forced to wear jumpsuits like those worn by prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, after one detainee showed up to a court hearing wearing a T-shirt that said "Hero".

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tu...-idUSKBN1A10E7
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    I thought CNCP is a safe spot where I don´t read something from Erdogan. This guy is so annoying...

    Back to topic - the DP is something Erdogan shouldn´t have. He doesen´t meet the moral standards to handle this final punishment.
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    I agree with you Michael. I would also add Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines as well.
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    I don't know much about Erdogan but ultimately I think Turkey's affairs are their own business. As for Duterte, I'll admit I have a good deal of respect for him. We'll have to see how and if these countries use a revived death penalty system.
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    I don't have a problem with hunting down and executing ISIS terrorists in the Philippines, like the one's who beheaded those two Canadians and that German man just recently but drug dealers. Nah that's just wrong.
    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

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    Turkey coup trial: Almost 500 in court amid protests

    Almost 500 people arrested after last year's failed coup in Turkey have appeared in court accused of taking part in the plot.

    Some of the handcuffed defendants were jeered as they were individually escorted into court by police and armed guards in front of TV cameras.

    The trial focuses on events at the Akinci airbase which it is alleged was the plotters' headquarters.

    It is taking place in a purpose-built courtroom outside the capital Ankara.

    The defendants face charges from attempting to assassinate the president to murder. As some arrived at court they were met by protesters chanting "We want the death penalty!"

    Some of the demonstrators had relatives killed or injured during the coup attempt and threw nooses towards the suspects.

    Rebel soldiers tried to grab power in July 2016, leaving 249 civilians dead.

    Military chief Gen Hulusi Akar and other senior officers were held hostage at the base for several hours on the night that the coup took place.

    The trial is the largest yet relating to the coup. Anyone convicted is expected to get life imprisonment.

    Although Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed a referendum on the issue in his speech after narrowly winning a vote to expand his powers in April.

    The president has been increasingly supportive of a reintroduction of capital punishment since the failed coup.

    But the EU has made clear that any such move would effectively bring an end to Turkey's negotiations to join the bloc.

    Last July, orders were allegedly sent out from Akinci air base, north-west of Ankara, to bomb parliament as troops attempted to oust President Erdogan.

    In the aftermath of their botched attempt, thousands of people have been arrested, many suspected of having links to Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in exile in the US.

    Mr Erdogan's critics say he is using the purge that followed the coup to stifle political dissent.

    Mr Gulen - the key figure accused in the case - is among those being tried, albeit in absentia. He denies the charges.

    Other notable figures include:

    Adil Oksuz - a theology lecturer accused of being one of the coup masterminds, alongside Mr Gulen. and who is now on the run

    Kemal Batmaz - a businessman accused of helping Mr Oksuz

    Akin Ozturk - a former air force chief who like some other suspects faces separate charges in relation to the coup bid

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40787520

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