Hard to comprehend Greek court decision regarding 5 Turkish officers, says Turkey


Turkey was demanding the extradition of the eight Turkish military men who fled to Greece following a failed coup in July, the spokesman of Turkey’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, ambassador Huseyin Muftuoglu, said Friday. Responding to a question regarding a Greek appeals court’s dismissal of Turkey’s request for the extradition of five of the eight Turkish servicemen, Muftuoglu said Greece should extradite all eight as the country was well aware of “what a junta means.”

Muftuoglu said Turkey was closely following the case regarding “the eight people who endangered the lives of the Turkish people and His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdogan” on July 15.

“In this context we find it hard to understand the Athens appeals court decision which rejects the extradition of these five people, while accepting our request for the extradition of the other three,” the Turkish diplomat added.

As a country that had suffered the “negative consequences of a military dictatorship in the past, and as a result could sympathize with Turkey during this period, we await Greece, our neighbor and ally, to extradite the coup plotters to Turkey,” he said.