Turkish officers’ extradition appeal to be heard Dec 6

Turkish officers’ extradition appeal to be heard Dec 6

The Athens Council of Appeals Court Judges on Tuesday adjourned until December 6 a hearing of the appeal against extradition of eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece in July following a failed coup in Turkey.

The prosecutor asked the court to postpone the hearing for at least three months as Ankara has not yet provided Greek authorities with the details they have requested.

The court rejected that proposal and postponed proceedings until December 6, when the prosecutor must propose whether or not the Turkish officers should be extradited or not.

The officers’ lawyer has repeatedly claimed they will not receive a fair trial if they are returned to Turkey, and that their lives will be at risk.

Ankara has demanded the extradition of the officers – two commanders, four captains and two sergeants – to stand trial for their alleged role in the failed coup, and for an alleged assassination attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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