Greece denies extradition of 3 putschist soldiers

A Turkish officer covers his face as he is escorted by a Greek police officer to the courthouse of Alexandroupoli on July 21, 2016, during the trial of eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece by helicopter after last week's failed coup attempt. Eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece after last week's failed coup went on trial on July 21 for illegal entry in a case that threatens to strain ties between the NATO allies. The eight are being tried in the northern city of Alexandroupoli, where they arrived by military helicopter on Saturday after sending a distress signal to authorities. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS

A court in Greece on Monday denied Turkey’s request for the extradition of three soldiers who were allegedly involved in a failed coup attempt on July 15.

Turkish media reported that a decision was made for three of eight soldiers who are seeking asylum in Greece. The soldiers reportedly said that they would be subject to the death penalty in Turkey if they are extradited since President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been planning to reinstate capital punishment.

The soldiers deny any part in the putsch as alleged by Turkey.

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