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Supreme Court postpones final decision for 8 Turkish officers

Greece’s Supreme Court postponed for Thursday, January 26th the final decision on whether the eight Turkish officers should be extradited to Turkey or not. The government in Ankara had requested the extradition of the servicemen claiming they had active participation in he failed coup of July 2016.

The decision was initially expected on Monday, but the court said that judges said they will need more time.

The issue has raised concerns about the fate of the officers should they be extradited to Turkey where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a major crackdown on real and alleged coup supporters, while there are efforts to reintroduce the death penalty in the country.

Three separate panels of Greek judges have already ruled that the Turkish officers’ lives may be put at risk if they were to be returned to Turkey.

,All eight Turkish officers have denied involvement in the coup attempt, said that   they fear for their lives if they are returned to Turkey and that their families have been under immense pressure and persecution.

If the Supreme Court rules against their extradition, the decision will be regarded as final and cannot be challenged. If, however, it upholds Turkey’s request, then the final decision will rest with the Greek justice minister.

The Turkish officers stole a Black Hawk helicopter and flew to northern Greece a day after the coup. They immediately requested asylum.

The case is of immense political and diplomatic significance for the Greek-Turkish relations.

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