The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 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,”
Erdogan said in interview for CNN on Monday night.
“Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons for years to come? That’s what the people say.”
Erdogan said the final decision lay with parliament and that
“as the president, I will approve any decision to come out of the parliament”.
Some fear that Erdogan may be using the backlash against the plot’s architects as a smokescreen for a wider crackdown on other political opponents.