The last man hanged in Turkey, Hidir Aslan, 28, was a Communist who went to the gallows on Thursday, October 25th, 1984, after being found guilty of high treason. Aslan planned terrorist acts aimed at setting up a Communist state in the country. His organisation, the Dev Yol, had been responsible for many deaths.

Capital punishment for murder was abolished in Turkey in August 2002, and for all political and military offences in July 2004.