Court to rule on Turk­ish of­fi­cers

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The Supreme Court is next week set to rule on a set of ap­peals against de­por­ta­tion by eight Turk­ish of­fi­cers who sought asy­lum in Greece af­ter July’s failed coup in Turkey.

Last week, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the Turk­ish of­fi­cers asked for the ap­peals to be heard jointly, a re­quest that was re­jected by Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor Xeni Dim­itriou. In­stead, the court’s crim­i­nal sec­tion will hold three hear­ings next week – on Jan­uary 10, 11 and 13 – to con­sider the ap­peals.

Also pend­ing at the Supreme Court are ap­peals by the of­fi­cers against three de­ci­sions by the Coun­cil of Ap­peals Court Judges which called for three of the five ser­vice­men to be de­ported.

The lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the Turk­ish of­fi­cers have ar­gued that their clients have no chance of a fair trial in Turkey and face the risk of tor­ture or even death.

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