|Posted by moodhacker on January 26, 2017 at 2:15 PM|
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his displeasure at the Greek government for not keeping its word, revealing to internatinal press that the Greek prime minister had promised to have the soldiers extradited within "two to three weeks" in a conversation after the failed coup attempt, an information that was leaked indeed in July in Greece. The Turki Presiden talked to reporters aboard during his flight back to Tedrkey on the day the Greek Supeme Court decison was announced, Thursday January 26, after a visit to east Africa
"They're not just petty criminals" Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, adding that the soldiers attempted to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, statewatch .org reported on January replublishing Dail Sabah lnk
The foreign minister continued by saying that Turkey cannot have a positive view about a country which supports terrorists and coup supporters, and will take concrete action to express its reaction.
"Ankara would use all legal instruments against the Greek Suprepe's Court decision that ruled against the extradition to Turkey of the eight army officers who sought political asylum in Greece after the failed coup attempt in Turkey ” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry stated on Friday January 27, in less than 24h after the Greek Greek judiciary, emphasising that ,
“the implications on our bilateral relations, our cooperation against terrorism and other common cooperation in bilateral/multilateral matters of this decision, which we consider has been taken for political motives, will also be comprehensively evaluated.”
The Greek Supreme Court denied the extradition of the soldiers, stating that their rights were at risk of “being violated or reduced regardless of the degree of guilt or the gravity of the crimes they are accused of.”
On Friday, CNN Turk reported that the Turkish Authorities issued new demands to Greece for the extradition of the eight Turkish officers
Announcing the of the Greek Supreme Court decision, it was stressed by the juridicial authorities in Greece, that there have been fears handling the case that once returned to Turkey, the eight officers will not be privy to a fair trial, instead their life could be in danger, as in the months following the failed military coup attempt in Turkey, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been on a rampage arresting all who he feels opposes him.
Ankara accused Athens of protecting coup plotters, and issued issued an arrest warrant for the eight men, while Turkish authorities announced that will continue efforts for their extradition, according to Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Meanwhile, the Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu said that Turkey may consider cancelling the readmission deal with Greece, which allows the latter to return illegal migrants -who traveled through Turkey- to Turkey, in order to be processed before they are sent back to their country of origin. th Freign Minister highlighted that the Greek court's ruling is a political rather than a legal decision, noting that it will have unavoidable implications for bilateral relations.
"They're not just petty criminals" Çavusoglu said, adding that the soldiers attempted to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that
Greece is failing in the war against terrorism, by protecting far-leftist and Kurdish militant groups that attack Turkey.
The Greek court ruling appears politically motivated, is against international law and breaches the rights of the victims of the July 15 coup attempt, the statement further said.
“We protest this decision which prevents these individuals who have threatened the life of our president and took an active role in a coup attempt that killed 248 of our citizens … from appearing in front of Turkish judiciary,” the statement said.
On their part, the eight army officers claimed that they did not participate in the coup attempt and that they fear for their lives should they be extradited to Turkey. They said that their families are subjected to bad treatment as they, themselves, are branded as traitors in their home country The asylum seekers claimed that if they are returned to Turkey they will not receive a fair trial and they are likely to be tortured.
The charges they face are attempting to abrogate the constitution and dissolve parliament, seizing a helicopter using violence, and of attempting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The eight men landed at the Alexandroupolis airport on an army helicopter the day after the coup and asked for asylum.
After being detained for six months , the eight men were releasedi n Athens after the court’s decision.