Ver­dict on Turk­ish of­fi­cers’ ex­tra­di­tion due on Thurs­day

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A crit­i­cal Supreme Court rul­ing on whether to ex­tra­dite eight Turk­ish mil­i­tary of­fi­cers who fled to Greece af­ter a failed Turk­ish coup in July was yes­ter­day put off un­til Thurs­day.

The rea­son given for the post­pone­ment was twofold: that the case re­quired fur­ther de­lib­er­a­tion and that one of the judges was sick.

The af­fair has gen­er­ated much in­ter­est in Greece and be­yond as it pits con­cerns over hu­man rights abuses in Tur­key against the Greek gov­ern­ment’s de­sire not to stoke ten­sions with Ankara.

All eight ser­vice­men have de­nied in­volve­ment in the coup at­tempt and say they fear for their lives if they are re­turned to Tur­key.

If the Supreme Court rules against their ex­tra­di­tion, the de­ci­sion will be re­garded as fi­nal and can­not be chal­lenged. If, how­ever, it up­holds Tur­key’s re­quest, then the fi­nal de­ci­sion will rest with the Greek jus­tice min­is­ter.

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