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Greece: Asylum procedures for 8 Turkish officers will take up to 2-3 months

Greece began hearing the asylum claim Friday of the first of eight Turkish military officers who fled their country after the failed coup on July 15, the asylum service said, according to AFP.

Captain Feridun Coban was driven to the headquarters of the asylum service in Athens in the early hours of Friday morning, according to the group’s lawyer Stavroula Tomara.

His fellow officers – three other captains, two commanders and two sergeants, who along with Coban are accused by Turkey of involvement in the coup – will have their cases heard from Monday.

No decision will be made in their cases for “two or three months”, according to the asylum service.

Greece said Thursday that Turkey had formally requested the extradition of the men on suspicion of involvement in the failed coup. The men deny the accusations.

The asylum service said the cases will “follow a totally normal procedure” despite pressure from Ankara to hand the men over.

The men requested asylum in Greece after landing a Black Hawk military helicopter in the northern city of Alexandroupoli, one day after the attempted coup government takeover on July 15.

Turkey wants life sentence for the eight officers of the Turkish Air Force.

More details on the case here.

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