Turkey submits new extradition request for Greece coup suspects

Greece Rejects the Extradition of Turkish Soldiers

Greece Rejects the Extradition of Turkish Soldiers

Turkey has demanded the retrial of eight soldiers who fled to Greece after a failed coup a year ago and said it may take measures, including scrapping an agreement on refugees and migrants with Athens, after a Greek court rejected an extradition request.

Report informs referring to the Habertürk that after the failed coup attempt in Turkey, eight soldiers, including two commanders, four captains and two sergeants, escaped to Greece on a Sikorsky helicopter and landed in Alexandroupolis (Dedeağaç).

The justice ministry swiftly sent its second request to Greece for the suspects' extradition, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.

Given these developments, Turkey is nearly certain to demand at the upcoming meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers in mid-February, the end of patrols by NATO's Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) in the Aegean Sea to stem the flow of migrants into Greece. It has said they will receive fair trials.

But Mr Cavusoglu branded the men traitors.

"The soldiers targeted by the purges have something in common - we are successful, pro-western, and support secularism". In response, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Turkey will consider cancelling its migration deal with Greece on a bilateral basis.

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"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". According to one of the officials seeking asylum, they "do not sympathize with the coup", however 'they are oriented towards the West and support a secular State.' German parliamentarian Stefan Meyer told the newspaper that there is no doubt that they cannot return those officials to Turkey because they will be imprisoned right away.

Turkey has threatened to stop participating in the deal during previous spats.

Subsequently, a European Union spokeswoman said it was confident its cooperation with Turkey on migration will continue to hold firm.

Kammenos also said that the neighboring country must come to terms with the trappings of democracy. In 1996, they nearly reached the brink of war over an uninhabited islet.

Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accused of using the coup as an excuse to removing opponents to make his grip on power more absolute. Ankara says the eight soldiers are terrorists and must be tried in Turkey for their crimes.

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