Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis hinted on Thursday that the 8 Turkish soldiers who fled after the failed coup in July 2016 could be tried in Greece.
In a press conference held at noon Kontonis said the 8 Turkish soldiers could be tried in Greece if Turkey submits a relevant request. The Minister added that according to the Law, there is this option for crimes committed in a third country.
“the Prime Minister has said that they have to have a fair trial. We study this option according to article 8 of Penal Code,” Kontonis said adding that “the issue of extradition has been ultimately closed.”
He underlined that the government respects the decisions of the Greek Supreme Court.
On New Year’s Eve, the Greek government filed a petition to annul the decision to grant political asylum to one of the 8 Turkish soldiers who fled with a helicopter to Greece one day after the failed coup on 15. July 2016. A day earlier, the Asylum Committee had granted political asylum to one of the 8 Turkish officers, while the decision for the remain seven is still pending.
The issue has created tension between the two neighboring countries as Ankara insists that they were involved in the failed coup, while Justice in Athens expresses concern that if extradited they will not have a fair trial and their lives would be at risk, given the massive purge in Turkey.