Greek Supreme Court rejects extradition request for Turkish soldiers who sought asylum after coup attempt

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Greece's Supreme Court rejected on 26 January 2017 an extradition request for eight Turkish servicemen who fled their country by helicopter after a coup attempt in July 2016.

The Court's presiding judge said the servicemen were unlikely to face a fair trial if returned to Turkey. Turkish authorities reacted angrily to the decision, accusing it for being 'politically motivated'. An arrest warrant was issued against these soldiers.

Lower courts had provided mixed decisions on this case. While one group of soldiers was granted asylum, another group of three servicemen had initially being refused the status.

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