ISTANBUL (Marmara)–A committee working to revise the Turkish criminal code has repealed the death penalty and has added a provision which envisions severe punishment toward those who engage in genocide–acts aimed at annihilating people based on ethnic–political–religious motivations–the Istanbul-based Armenian newspaper Marmara reported Friday.
These changes have been made in an effort to conform to preconditions set for its membership in the European Union.
Thus far–the Turkish criminal code did not include provisions on punishment for genocide–despite the fact that the European Union codes contain punishment measures for such crimes.
In repealing the death penalty–the committee recommended that individuals sentenced to death–will serve a "severe life sentence."
Another change in the criminal code envisions three to six-year prison terms for credit card fraud.
The committee–which is working to revise the 1997 Turkish criminal code–is chaired by Dr. Sulhi Deonmezer.