Turkey firmly against execution of Mubarak

Turkey firmly against execution of Mubarak

MUNICH - Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey firmly against execution of Mubarak

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. AP photo

Turkey is against the execution of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Saturday. Mubarak risks getting the death penalty when his trial ends.

Responding to a question from the Hürriyet Daily News on the future of Egypt, Davutoğlu said despite his belief that there should be no place in the new Middle East for regimes such as those of Mubarak, Bashar al-Assad of Syria or Moammar Gadhafi of Libya, Turkey would object to executions as a country which has abolished death penalty.

“Besides humanitarian reasons, as a matter of principle,” Davutoğlu said, “I would find the execution of Mubarak wrong with regards to maintaining social peace in Egypt.”

Davutoğlu is expected to attend the “Building the New Middle East” panel as part of the 48th Munich Security Conference, together with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr.

Ahmet Davutoglu, Mubarek,