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Brussels May Halt Turkey-EU Accession Talks if Death Penalty Reintroduced

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After the coup attempt in Turkey, both President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Yildirim said that capital punishment could be reinstated in the country.

ROME (Sputnik) — Brussels may halt talks on EU accession negotiations with Turkey if Ankara reintroduces capital punishment in the country, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Tuesday.

"It is obvious that there won't be any possibility to continue any negotiation process with the country, which would have reintroduced the capital punishment, as EU values prescribe the abolition of the death penalty among other things," Gentiloni told Radio Anch'io broadcaster.

Policemen stand atop military armored vehicles after troops involved in the coup surrendered on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. - Sputnik International
Erdogan: Turkish People Demand Death Penalty for Attempted Coup Supporters
Following the Friday unsuccessful military coup in Turkey, the Interior Ministry sacked close to 9,000 personnel across the country, including members of the armed forces, from foot soldiers to commanders, as well as police officers, governors, military advisers, prosecutors and judges.

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told crowds of supporters gathered outside his residence in Istanbul that parliament must consider the public demand for the death penalty to be applied in the case of the coup plotters.

Death penalty was abolished in Turkey in 2004 to bring its legislation in line with the EU standards.

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