Court starts ex­am­in­ing Turk­ish ex­tra­di­tion re­quest

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A pros­e­cu­tor yes­ter­day be­gan ex­am­in­ing Turkey’s ex­tra­di­tion re­quest for the eight mil­i­tary of­fi­cers who es­caped to the north­east­ern city of Alexan­droupoli seek­ing asy­lum a day after the failed coup at­tempt in the neigh­bor­ing coun­try in July.

The ini­tial asy­lum re­quests of seven of the eight men were re­jected or sus­pended by Greek ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties, while the ap­pli­ca­tion of an­other is still pend­ing.

Their 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.

Re­gard­less of the pros­e­cu­tor’s de­ci­sion – which could re­port­edly take up to three months – an ex­tra­di­tion or­der can only be ap­proved by the jus­tice min­is­ter.

Turkey has sought the ex­tra­di­tion of the of­fi­cers 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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