Turkish Coup Suspects ‘Want to Leave Greece’



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Eight Turkish ex-servicemen who fled from Turkey after an attempted coup in July 2016 want to leave Greece once they are granted asylum, their lawyers told a news conference on Wednesday.

Their legal teams also reiterated that gradually, in the current month, the eight Turkish officers would be released from custody as a detention limit of 18 months expires, according to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.

Last month Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis also predicted the men would be released from custody.

On Monday, a Greek government appeal against an independent committee’s decision to grant asylum to one of the Turkish soldiers was dismissed.

However, the former soldier will now remain in hiding and must stay inside the state.

Now, the men’s lawyers say it is necessary for their clients to be granted asylum and travel documents, to go abroad legally to a country of their choice.

This is so that the resolution of their case, according to the rules of the international law, relieves Turkish government pressure on Greece to return them, the lawyers added.