Greece grants asylum to one more ex-Turkish soldier
ATHENS - Anadolu Agency
Meanwhile, the eight ex-soldiers - who were released from prison after their 18-month detention period expired - are now being kept in a house outside of Athens, according to local media.
Turkey immediately issued an extradition request, which was eventually declined by the Greek Supreme Court in January 2017, after a series of trials and appeals.
The Greek Asylum Commission’s granting of asylum to the second Turkish coup suspect asylum was a “grave situation,” Turkish Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın had said on May 9, a day after the commission’s ruling.
Kalın said that although Greece has repeatedly said it was against the coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016 its actions “unfortunately do not reflect this.”
“We are awaiting concrete steps at this point … But whatever their approach, Turkey’s struggle against FETÖ will continue,” he added.
The case has been a bone of contention between the two countries, discussed during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to Greece last year.
The soldiers are accused by Turkish authorities of involvement in the coup as members of the network of U.S-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. Gülen is a former close ally of the Turkish government but the authorities now refer to his network as the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).
FETÖ is widely believed to have orchestrated the coup attempt, which left 251 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.