The death penalty was finally abolished in Germany. Hesse bacame the last federal state that decided to refuse from this measure in its constitution, reports BBC.
Hesse authorities were the last in the country to make such amendments to its local legal code. In the national Constitution of Germany, the death penalty was abolished in 1949.
In particular, according to the results of the Hesse referendum, 83 percent of residents spoke in favor of refusing from the death penalty, while 17 still consider such a punishment to be quite appropriate for atrocities.
As the BBC emphasizes, such voting for the abolition of the death penalty in Hesse was a symbolic one, since federal laws were always more important than the state legal framework. Between 1946 and 1949, two people were sentenced to death in the region, but these decisions were later replaced by life sentences.
Capital punishment is banned in all EU countries, so this lingering quirk was seen as an embarrassment to Germany, an outspoken opponent of the practice.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara can reintroduce the death penalty and promised that the "heads of traitors" (of the Turkish coup) will be first.