Germany would bar its Turkish citizens from voting on death penalty

Protestors demanding the reinstatement of death penalty in Turkey.

Germany said on Friday it would not allow Turks residing in the country to vote in any Turkish referendum on the reintroduction of the death penalty proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan after the failed coup attempt in July 2016.

“It is politically not imaginable that we would approve such a vote in Germany on a measure that goes against our Basic Law and European values,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said during a news conference.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz also said on Friday his country would bar Turks from participating in a referendum on the death penalty if Turkey decides to hold one.
Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004 in order to be able to gain European Union membership.

Around 1.5 million eligible Turkish voters live in Germany.