Greek court to decide on extradition request for 8 Turkish soldiers this week

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Turkish officers are escorted by Greek special police forces as they leave the Greek Supreme Court in Athens, after a hearing concerning a possible extradition of the officers over July's failed coup in Turkey, on January 23, 2017 in Athens. AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS

The Greek supreme court postponed its verdict to Thursday on an extradition request for eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after a failed coup in Turkey on July 15, at a hearing held in Athens today.

The Athens News Agency reported the postponed verdict as Turkey pressures Greece to extradite the soldiers due to their alleged involvement in the coup.

On Dec. 8, a Greek appeals court had overturned a decision to extradite the last two of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in the aftermath of the failed coup on July 15.

On Dec. 6, another Greek court had ruled to extradite three soldiers who were allegedly involved in the coup attempt.

The court ruled that the three pilots should be returned to Turkey to stand trial for three of the four crimes they are accused of, but not for attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lawyer Stavroula Tomara told Reuters.

The pilots had appealed the ruling at the country’s top court, she added.

The soldiers reportedly said they would be subject to the death penalty in Turkey if they were extradited since President Erdoğan has been planning to reinstate capital punishment.

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

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