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Turkey issues new extradition request for soldiers in Greece

Turkey issues new extradition request for soldiers in GreeceTurkey’s justice ministry has made a new extradition request after Greece’s Supreme Court ruled against sending back eight Turkish servicemen who fled their country by helicopter after a coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.

According to the report, the justice ministry had sent a second extradition request for the eight Turkish officers.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey has demanded the retrial of eight rogue soldiers who fled to Greece.

"We demanded that the eight soldiers be tried again. This is a political decision, Greece is protecting and hosting coup plotters," Cavusoglu told state broadcaster TRT Haber.

"We are evaluating what we can do. There is a migration deal we signed, including a readmission deal with Greece, and we are evaluating what we can do, including the cancellation of the readmission deal with Greece," Cavusoglu added.

Greece’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Ankara’s first request on the basis that the servicemen were unlikely to face a fair trial if returned to Turkey.

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

The extradition case has soured complicated ties between neighbors and NATO allies Greece and Turkey, which remain at odds over war-divided Cyprus and boundaries in the Aegean Sea.
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