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Supreme court advised not to extradite Kurdish men wanted in Turkey

Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Giorgos Bobolis has recommended to judges that two Kurdish men wanted in Turkey for trial on terrorism charges should not be extradited by Greece.

Ankara first submitted a request for the men, Zeki Gurbuz and Bulent Komert, to be extradited in 2005. The two men have sought asylum in Greece, claiming they are being pursued by Turkish authorities because of their political beliefs.

Earlier this year, a council of appeals court judges in Patra ruled that Gurbuz and Komert should not be extradited. The public prosecutor appealed the decision and the matter was referred to the Supreme Court, which is expected to issue a ruling next week.

Its decision could be overruled by Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis.