Seven pro-coup soldiers seek asylum in Greece

Turkey has requested the extradition of seven soldiers who have fled Turkey to Greece following the failed coup

Seven pro-coup soldiers seek asylum in Greece

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish military helicopter landed in Greece Saturday carrying eight men seeking asylum after a coup bid, Greek police said.

The Black Hawk helicopter landed after sending a distress signal to authorities at the airport in Alexandroupolis in the country's north.

Seven of those on board were in military uniform and all are believed to have been involved in the attempted putsch, ERT TV said.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara had asked Athens to send back the eight coup plotters.

"We have requested Greece to extradite the eight traitors as soon possible," Cavusoglu was quoted as telling HaberTurk television.

According to an official in the Greek National Defence General Staff, "the helicopter is scheduled to be sent back immediately to Turkey".

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras early Saturday expressed his "support for the democratically elected" Turkish government.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2016, 14:17