11:35 Jul. 25, 2016
Country's officials ponder bringing back capital punishment
Turkey is in no position to become a European Union member any time soon and all negotiations for it to join will stop immediately if it reintroduces the death penalty, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on July 25, Reuters reports.
Since the attempted military coup in Turkey, over 13,000 people have been detained, according to the country's prime minister, Binali Yildirim.
"I believe that Turkey, in its current state, is not in a position to become a member any time soon and not even over a longer period," Juncker said on French television France 2.
He said that a country that included the death penalty in its legislative arsenal had no place in the European Union.
On July 22, Turkey's justice minister, Bekir Bozdag, said the question on the country's re-introducing capital punishment should be considered from a legal standpoint and not in terms of the European Union.
Turkey cancelled the death penalty in 2004 as required under the law of the European Union. However, President Erdogan has earlier said it could be brought back after the failed military coup.
According to EU officials, bringing back capital punishment would preclude Turkey's bid to join the bloc.