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Monday, July 18, 2016

Death penalty not ruled out for coup plotters, Turkey's Erdogan tells CNN

People carry the coffin of coup attempt victim Sehidmiz Murat Inci during his funeral ceremony, at Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara on July 18, 2016.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated that the death penalty is not off the table for those suspected of plotting a coup against his government, in an interview with CNN broadcast on Monday (July 28).

Erdogan, giving his first media interview since Friday's dramatic coup attempt, also said his government would submit a written request for the extradition of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he blames for the unrest, in the coming days.

"There is a clear crime of treason," Erdogan, speaking through a translator, told CNN when asked about calls for the alleged plotters to face capital punishment.

"But of course, it will take a parliamentary decision for that to take action in the form of a constitutional measure," he said, given that Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004 as part of its long-standing efforts to join the European Union.

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