President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose government has been accused of human rights abuses in recent months, told a gathering of parliamentarians on Monday that he was opposed to the death penalty.
The Turkish president, who was speaking during a closed-door session, said he was in favor of the death sentence for those convicted of terrorism.
The death penalty has long been a contentious issue in Turkey.
Erdoğan has said the death sentences should be commuted to life in prison without parole.
The country’s top prosecutor, Hakan Fidan, said earlier this month that there was no legal basis to impose the death verdicts.
The United States has not expressed any opposition to the president’s remarks.
He has called for a moratorium on executions.