Turk­ish com­man­dos ask for asy­lum

Two of­fi­cers be­lieved to have been in­volved in a plot to kill Er­do­gan dur­ing July coup

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Two Turk­ish ser­vice­men, be­lieved to have in­volved in the plot to as­sas­si­nate Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan dur­ing the July coup at­tempt in the neigh­bor­ing coun­try, are be­ing held in cus­tody in Alexan­droupoli, it was re­vealed yes­ter­day.

The two men, former mem­bers of Turkey’s spe­cial forces, en­tered Greece il­le­gally through the Evros bor­der cross­ing a few days ago and turned them­selves in to po­lice au- thor­i­ties in Ores­ti­ada.

Through a lo­cal lawyer, the two com­man­dos ap­plied for po­lit­i­cal asy­lum on Fe­bru­ary 20.They had eluded ar­rest for months un­til they en­tered Greece.

The pair are be­lieved to have told Greek in­ves­ti­ga­tors that they were in­deed in­volved in a plot to as­sas­si­nate Er­do­gan.

So far, there has been no Turk­ish re­quest for their ex­tra­di­tion.

Mean­while, Ankara has sub­mit­ted a fresh ex­tra­di­tion re­quest for the eight Turk­ish ser­vice­men who Ankara have ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in the coup at­tempt. The ini­tial re­quest for their ex­tra­di­tion was re­jected in Jan­uary by Greece’s Supreme Court, which said that re­gard­less of whether they were guilty or not, the ser­vice­men would not re­ceive a fair trial in Turkey.

In the new re­quest, Ankara pro- vided re­as­sur­ances that they would re­ceive a fair trial. It also in­cludes what Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties de­scribe as new in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence. The re­quest sent to the Greek For­eign Min­istry fur­ther in­cludes two ad­di­tional charges, on top of the four in­cluded in the first ex­tra­di­tion re­quest.

The For­eign Min­istry has passed on the re­quest to the Jus­tice Min­istry.

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