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Greece rejects asylum to Turkish 'coup' officer

Suspects claim they will not receive a fair trial in Turkey but country's ambassador has warned that failure to return the officers 'will not help' ties with Greece. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Athens, GA, United States Sep 22, 2016, 10.38 AM (IST)
Greece on Thursday rejected the asylum claim of a Turkish military officer who fled after the failed coup of July 15.

The Turkish officer’s lawyer, Stavroula Tomara, said that she would appeal against the rejection and request a re-examination for her other two clients.

Tomara represents eight Turkish officers seeking asylum in Greece after landing a military helicopter in the northern city of Alexandroupoli in July, four days after Turkish army units attempted a government takeover.

However, the decision will not lead to the immediate deportation of the officers, a government official told AFP.

The two commanders, four captains and two sergeants have denied accusations of being involved in a failed coup.

All of them are in police custody in Athens.

Rights group Amnesty International has said it has "credible evidence" of the abuse and torture of people detained in post-coup arrests, AFP reported.

(WION with inputs from AFP)
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