Lawyers seek release of Greek soldiers arrested in Turkey

TAGS: Turkey, Diplomacy

The lawyers for two Greek soldiers arrested in Turkey have formally requested their release from custody.

The two were arrested last week for allegedly entering a Turkish military zone and on suspicion of attempted espionage.

Greece said the two soldiers — a lieutenant and a sergeant — accidentally strayed into Turkey during a patrol of the Greek-Turkish border, due to bad weather.

The development has added to strained ties between the NATO allies.

Lawyers filed a demand for their release with the court in the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne on Monday.

The private Dogan news agency said court officials had begun considering the case.

A river marks most of the border, while a fence runs along much of the land section. However, some parts aren't clearly marked.