Parliament Could ‘Re-Assign’ Greek Soldiers Held in Turkey

    Greece’s government could be set to re-assign two of its soldiers being held in Turkey to give them legal protection.

    In comments to Greece’s ERA radio, Alternate Defense Minister Fotis Kouvelis said parliament could assign Lieutenant Angelos Mitretodis and Sergeant Dimitris Kouklatzis a ‘post’ in Turkey.

    This would see them be paid as officers serving overseas and could remove Turkish court objections to them being bailed. There has been no trial date set, and a complete indictment has not yet been produced.

    Turkish courts regard the two Greek soldiers as a flight risk.

    The pair was jailed after mistakenly crossing the Turkish land border on March 1; they have since been held in maximum security in a prison in Edirne (Andrianoupolis).

    Relations between Athens and Ankara have been sorely tested over the issue, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has explicitly linked to that of eight former Turkish soldiers seeking asylum in Greece following the 2016 coup attempt.