Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the prison sentence given to Norwegian mass murderer Andres Breivik was not enough, daily Hurriyet has reported.
Erdoğan said the criminal should have been given the death penalty instead to ensure peace for the victims’ family.
“I asked them, I was curious. How can someone who has killed 77 people be sentenced to 21 years in prison? I was told that he will not be out again, that something would be found at the end of the 21 years to keep him in for another 21 years,” Erdoğan said.
“But how can I be sure of that?” Erdoğan asked. “Yes, the death penalty was removed from Europe, but has it left America, Japan and China? Then there is a justified cause for the death penalty to remain.”
“I don’t believe that [the victims’ families] are in peace when someone who murdered 77 people can just walk around freely,” Erdoğan said. “We have to re-check ourselves. We have to put ourselves on the scale of justice again, so that humanity could find peace.”