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Turkey seeks ‘deportation’ of two Turkish commandos who fled to Greece

Turkey has requested the deportation of the two Turkish commandos suspected to be coup plotters assigned to assassination President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two commandos fled to Greece by crossing the Evros River on February 15th and asked for asylum.

The deportation request has been submitted to Greek authorities by the Turkish embassy in Athens on February 25th.

What is interesting is that Ankara has changed its tactics and did not request the extradition of the two commandos as it did with the 8 Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece one day after the failed coup in July 2016. Greece’s supreme Court had rejected the extradition on grounds that they would not have a fair trial in Turkey.

Deportation is a administrative and political issue and not a judicial one as the extradition request.

It is not clear whether Ankara will seek also the extradition of the two.

The names of the two commandos were on the list of wanted coup plotters Ankara had submitted to Interpol in summer 2016.

Greek authorities identified the two through the Interpol list.

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