Greek police officers in plain clothes escort eight Turkish servicemen to the appeal court in Athens, on Friday March 16, 2018. The servicemen fled to Greece in a helicopter and requested political asylum. Athens appeal judges hear Friday new Turkish extradition request for military officers, accused of participation in anti-Erdogan coup. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek court urged to reject Turkish servicemen's extradition

March 16, 2018 - 5:19 am

ATEHNS, Greece (AP) — A Greek prosecutor has urged a court to reject a third Turkish request for the extradition of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece in July 2016 after a failed military coup.

An Athens appeals court is hearing the case of the servicemen, which has increased tension between regional neighbors Greece and Turkey.

Prosecutor Evgenia Kyvelou argued that Greece's supreme court has already ruled — examining the first extradition bid — that the men wouldn't get a fair trial in Turkey and would face inhumane treatment there.

She said new Turkish charges that the men belonged to an armed terrorist group and were involved in attempted murders have no solid grounding.

The court is expected to issue its ruling later Friday. Both earlier extradition requests have been rejected.

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