Parliament issues report on capital punishment
ANKARAThe number of death penalties executed during the 64-year period from 1920 to 1984 was 712 until it was abolished, according to the report titled “Death Penalties since 1920,” daily Milliyet reported on Aug. 6.
The report was prepared by the parliamentary department of research services, as government rallies have been witnessing a rising demand for the reinstatement of capital punishment for the suspects of the July 2016 coup attempt.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said many times that he “would sign the law if parliament approves it.”
After 1984, even though it was still legal, the punishment was not executed until 2004, when it was legally abolished within the European Union harmonization process.
According to the report, for 37 of those years between the period from 1920 and 1984, the penalty had never been executed.
Moreover, the report said that 15 of the 712 people executed were female.