Turkish servicemen in Greece seek release from custody


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of Turkish servicemen seeking asylum in Greece have appeared before an Athens court to contest their continued detention despite the rejection of Turkey’s request for their extradition.

The pilots and flight engineers fled to Greece in a military helicopter a day after the failed July 15 military coup in Turkey.

Greece’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the eight men wouldn’t get a fair trial in Turkey, and that their lives might be in danger there. The decision prompted anger from Turkey.

The Supreme Court ordered their release from police custody, but police later extended their detention order on national security grounds for three months, pending examination of their asylum bids.

The men appealed that decision in an administrative court Monday. A ruling is expected within days.

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