Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proposed reintroducing the death penalty for those responsible for the forest fires that broke out in the country’s southwest. “What should this lead to? The death sentence?” Erdogan told reporters in the fire-hit resort of Marmaris in Mugla province. “It should be the death penalty.”
He added that the death penalty would be a “deterrent” and should be seriously considered. Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2002 and parliament will have to approve before Erdogan can introduce this amendment.
The Marmaris forest fire, which has been raging since Tuesday, has destroyed 4,000 hectares of land and 435 people have been evacuated, according to the president.
A court in Marmaris on Friday sentenced a man to prison after he “confessed” to setting fire out of anger over a family dispute, the official Anadolu news agency reported. A second suspect was arrested in the tourist city of Antalya, about 500 kilometers northeast of Marmaris.
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