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Greece denied Turkey soldiers' extradition

Greece denied Turkey soldiers' extraditionGreece's Supreme Court has ruled on Thursday against extraditing eight Turkish soldiers whom the Turkish government accuses of being involved in last July's attempted coup.

The eight men landed a helicopter in northern Greece on July 16 and sought political asylum saying they feared for their lives in Turkey. They also claimed they were not involved in the coup attempt.

Turkey has demanded Greece extradite them alleging they were involved in the coup attempt and has branded them traitors.

Turkey has demanded they return to stand trial. The soldiers say their lives would be in danger.

The case has presented a diplomatic dilemma for Greece. Senior prosecutors had argued against agreeing to extradition.

Presiding judge Giorgos Sakkas, reading out the decision Thursday, said the servicemen were unlikely to face a fair trial if returned to Turkey.

Lower courts issued mixed decisions on the return of the officers in a series of separate hearings.

The court's decision is final and cannot be appealed against.
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