Turkish court orders to continue detention of two Greek soldiers
EDİRNE – Anadolu Agency
A court in northwestern Turkey on April 25 ordered the continued detention of two Greek soldiers who “inadvertently” strayed across the countries’ border last month.
The Edirne Second Criminal Court of Peace ruled against a petition by the soldiers’ lawyers to release them from remand.
Later on April 25, the soldiers’ lawyers appealed to the Edirne First Criminal Court of Peace.
After hearing their arguments, the court rejected their appeal and decided to continue their detention.
The court based its decision on digital materials found on the soldiers, their lack of a permanent residence in Turkey, and “concrete evidence” suggesting they would flee.
The Greek soldiers were remanded in custody on March 2 for entering a prohibited military zone in Edirne, which borders Greece.