Greek Court Strikes Out Government Appeal Against Turkish Soldier’s Asylum

    Turkish soldiers in Greek custody (archive)

    A Greek government appeal against a independent committee decision to grant asylum to a Turkish soldier in Greece has been dismissed.

    Athens Administrative Appeals Court on Monday turned down the appeal from the Migration Policy Ministry.

    The former Turkish soldier will now remain in hiding and must stay inside the state.

    It is the second rejection of a Greek government appeal against a decision to grant asylum to the eight men who fled Turkey on the night of the 15 July 2016 coup attempt which tried to overthrow the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The case has strained relations between Athens and Ankara, which wants to see the men returned to Turkey for prosecution. However, Greece’s top court has already ruled that the men would not receive a fair trial, or could face mistreatment, if they are sent back.