Turkey attacks Greece granting 2 Turkish officers asylum

A Turkish serviceman who fled to Greece in 2016 with seven other officers has been granted asylum

A Turkish serviceman who fled to Greece in 2016 with seven other officers has been granted asylum

Two Turkish officers who fled to Greece following the July 2016 coup attempt were granted political refugee status on May 23 after an appeal lodged by the Greek government was rejected, Agence France-Presse reported, citing a judicial source.

The Council of State has issued a final and irrevocable decision granting one of eight Turkish servicemen accused by Ankara of participating in the botched coup of 2016 asylum.

Ankara has filed extradition requests for the men but Greek courts have refused to return them, saying they do not believe the men would receive fair trials in Turkey.

The Turkish foreign ministry stated on Thursday that Greece "protects and shelters putschists" and the ruling went against worldwide law.

"The justice system of Greece, an European Union member, made a decision to defend the terrorists who attempted a coup to overthrow democracy in Turkey", he said on Twitter.

"We hope that the Greek judiciary will refrain from repeating the same mistakes", the statement added.

Turkey has demanded the eight soldiers are handed over, accusing them of involvement in the abortive coup.

Relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been further strained after the pre-trial detention of two Greek soldiers since March.

The soldiers were arrested after crossing the border into Turkey but claim they got lost in the fog.

The other soldiers' asylum cases are still pending.

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