Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli, a staunch ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that Turkey should bring back the death penalty since “there is no other option to fight against crimes and criminals that surpass the threshold of fear.”
“We are witnessing most severe crimes that are make our flesh crawl, that bleed our conscience and go beyond our limits of toleration…With the opening of Turkish parliament on Oct. 1, 2010, our nation’s expectations should be met with the consensus of our lawmakers, and baby killers, perverts, scums and rapists should receive the sentences they deserve,” Bahçeli said in a written statement on Sept. 2.
Bahçeli said that there is no way other than the restoration of death penalty for “the fight against crimes and criminals which surpass the threshold of fear to be successful.” “Provided that the principle of proportionality is adhered to for the implementation of death penalty, a balance between the punishment and committed crime will be ensured, and the flood of violence and horror will be prevented,” he said.
In a warning to the European Union leaders who have cautioned Turkey against the return of the death penalty, Bahçeli said: “Turkey is a complete independent country. It will not accept any shadow on its decision and will.”
Turkey scrapped the death penalty in 2004 as part of its push to join the European Union.