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Greece: Athens examines asylum requests for defected Turkish soldiers00:45

Greece: Athens examines asylum requests for defected Turkish soldiers

Greece, Athens
August 19, 2016 at 05:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

An asylum hearing for one of the eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece from Turkey following the failed military coup of July 2016, was examined at the Public Prosecution office in Athens, Friday.

"Germany is negotiating the EU-Turkey refugee deal these days with Turkey while Erdogan is asking for money. We hope that the extradition of the eight innocent soldiers will not be part of this negotiation," stated Stavroula Tomara, one of the lawyers of dealing with the case.

She went on to say that "we are ready to do whatever is possible and legally feasible with the greatest diligence in order to avert the extradition of the eight innocents to Turkey. And be sure that we will make it. We will take the responsibility."

The remaining seven asylum applications will be examined in the coming week while the Public Prosecution office is to make a final decision.

The attempted coup in Turkey was carried out by a small faction of the military on July 15, killing more than 270 people before it was put down by loyalists in the security forces as well as mass demonstrations by anti-coup protesters.

Following the coup, the Turkish government launched a crackdown on vocal opposition to the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP), with thousands of arrests and dismissals of personnel from Turkey's military, judiciary and police.

The eight soldiers landed in Alexandroupoli, northern Greece by helicopter on July 17 and requested asylum from Greek authorities. Turkey issued a request for the Greek government to return the eight officers, which was relayed to the Justice Ministry on Thursday. All soldiers deny taking part in the failed coup.

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An asylum hearing for one of the eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece from Turkey following the failed military coup of July 2016, was examined at the Public Prosecution office in Athens, Friday.

"Germany is negotiating the EU-Turkey refugee deal these days with Turkey while Erdogan is asking for money. We hope that the extradition of the eight innocent soldiers will not be part of this negotiation," stated Stavroula Tomara, one of the lawyers of dealing with the case.

She went on to say that "we are ready to do whatever is possible and legally feasible with the greatest diligence in order to avert the extradition of the eight innocents to Turkey. And be sure that we will make it. We will take the responsibility."

The remaining seven asylum applications will be examined in the coming week while the Public Prosecution office is to make a final decision.

The attempted coup in Turkey was carried out by a small faction of the military on July 15, killing more than 270 people before it was put down by loyalists in the security forces as well as mass demonstrations by anti-coup protesters.

Following the coup, the Turkish government launched a crackdown on vocal opposition to the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP), with thousands of arrests and dismissals of personnel from Turkey's military, judiciary and police.

The eight soldiers landed in Alexandroupoli, northern Greece by helicopter on July 17 and requested asylum from Greek authorities. Turkey issued a request for the Greek government to return the eight officers, which was relayed to the Justice Ministry on Thursday. All soldiers deny taking part in the failed coup.

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