Ankara has demanded that the eight Turkish soldiers who sought asylum in Greece after the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, should be extradited as soon as possible.
According to state-run Anadolu Agency, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag made the call after a meeting of the Turkish cabinet in Ankara.
Bozdag reiterated a call by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while he visited Greece in December.
Greece’s Supreme Court has ruled against the extradition of the eight men on the grounds they cannot be promised a fair trial in Turkey, and their human rights would not be protected if they were to be returned.
One of the eight Turkish servicemen was granted asylum by a judicial committee on refugee issues, but the Athens Administrative Court of Appeals later decided to revoke his asylum status, and take the Turkish army officer back into custody.
Coming out of the cabinet meeting, Bozdag told reporters he was satisfied with the Greek court’s decision to repeal the asylum status, describing it as an “important decision” on Athens’ part.
“Given the chance, I would like to repeat once more that we expect the extradition of the eight coup plotters as soon as possible,” he was quoted as saying.
The Turkish deputy prime minister said that the extraditions would help improve Turkey-Greece relations.
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