Turkey Rejects Third Request for Release of 2 Greek Soldiers



Turkish authorities, on Tuesday, rejected yet another request from Greece for the release of the two Greek soldiers who have been jailed in Edirne since March 1.

This was the third official request for the release of Aggelos Mitretodis and Dimitris Kouklatzis, as Turkey has not pressed any specific charges against them.

The Turkish court hearing of the Greek request lasted one and a half hours, but the decision did not favor the two servicemen.

Mitretodis and Kouklatzis were captured by Turkish soldiers when they accidentally crossed the border to the Turkish side, due to heavy snowfall in the Kastanies area.

The Turkish court decision was taken on the grounds that the two Greek servicemen are considered to be suspects and have not declared a place of residence in Turkey, therefore they might flee if they are set free before charges are pressed against them.