Pros­e­cu­tor ob­jects to ex­tra­di­tion of 2 Turk­ish of­fi­cers

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Cit­ing the risk of tor­ture and the prospect of an un­fair trial in Tur­key, a Supreme Court pros­e­cu­tor yes­ter­day rec­om­mended that two of the eight Turk­ish mil­i­tary of­fi­cers who fled to Greece af­ter a failed mil­i­tary coup in the neigh­bor­ing coun­try should not be ex­tra­dited. A verdict on the fate of the pair is due on Jan­uary 23.

The hear­ing was the first for the eight of­fi­cers, who have all de­nied tak­ing part in the coup. An­other two of­fi­cers are due to have their cases heard to­day and the re­main­ing four on Fri­day.

In her rea­son­ing yes­ter­day, Supreme Court deputy pros­e­cu­tor Vas­si­liki Theodorou said that Ankara’s de­mand for the eight of­fi­cers’ ex­tra­di­tion was un­ac­cept­able for a se­ries of rea­sons, no­tably be­cause “there is no in­di­ca­tion that they will re­ceive a fair trial or that they will not be sub­mit­ted to harsh tor­ture and hu­mil­i­at­ing and in­hu­mane treat­ment.”

A se­ries of wit­nesses in­clud­ing sev­eral Greek in­tel­lec­tu­als tes­ti­fied in court yes­ter­day, ar­gu­ing that an on­go­ing purge be­ing car­ried out by Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties meant the of­fi­cers’ lives would be at risk if they were re­turned home. Among those who took the stand was aca­demic and former jus­tice min­is­ter Michalis Stathopou­los, who said he would not ex­tra­dite the of­fi­cers if the de­ci­sion were in his hands.

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