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Supreme Court to decide on fate of eight Turkish servicemen

The helicopter the eight Turkish servicemen used to fly across the border to Alexandroupoli.

TAGS: Justice, Diplomacy

The Greek Supreme Court on Monday is to rule whether eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after July’s failed coup should be extradited.

Three separate panels of Greek judges have already ruled that the Turkish officers’ lives may be put at risk if they were to be returned to Turkey, where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a tough crackdown on dissent since the summer’s coup attempt.

Diplomatic circles that fear a rejection of Turkey’s request could put a further strain on ties between Athens and Ankara, particularly at a time when Cyprus reunification talks also hang in the balance, have been keeping a close eye on proceedings.

The issue has also drawn attention from intellectuals and the media in Greece and other parts of Europe, who see it as a test of the bloc’s fundamental principles and values.

All eight servicemen have denied involvement in the coup attempt and say they fear for their lives if they are returned to Turkey.

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