Ankara, September 21, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
Asylum committee rejected the request for political asylum of the three Turkish officers
Ankara views as a first positive step the decision of the asylum committee in Greece to rejected the asylum request of three officers of the Turkish Armed Forces who have fled to Greece. The other five continue with their depositions in the asylum committee.
The 8 Turkish officers came to Greece on July 16 with a military helicopter which they landed in Alexandroupoli. They themselves say they have no connection with the coup and that they are being persecuted by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The attempted coup in Turkey took place on July 15 and failed in the early hours of July 16.
The Turkish Government and specifically the Ministry of Justice of the country have sent information to the Greek authorities, which according to Turkey show that the eight had relations with the coup instigators or even the coup attempt itself.
The Greek authorities have indicated that the legal route will be followed in order for the future of the eight to be decided.
The decision of the asylum committee is seen by Ankara as a positive move that may bring the immediate return of the officers, who in Turkey are believed to be involved in the kidnapping attempt of Erdogan in Marmaris.
In the Turkish capital they note that the committee’s decision was announced a few hours before the meeting of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.