Turkish coup: Greece charges eight asylum seekers with illegal entry

Alexandroupoli (Greece): Eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece by helicopter after a failed coup were on Sunday charged by a prosecutor with illegal entry and violating Greek airspace, their lawyer said.

The men, who have sought asylum in Greece, arrived by military helicopter yesterday after sending a distress signal to authorities at the airport in the northern city of Alexandroupolis.

They were prosecuted for illegal entry into Greece, their lawyer, Ilia Marinaki said, adding that they will appear in court on Monday.

Two of the eight Turkish soldiers, who fled to Greece, are brought to prosecutor in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis on Sunday. Reuters

Two of the eight Turkish soldiers, who fled to Greece, are brought to prosecutor in the Greek city of Alexandroupolis on Sunday. Reuters

She added that they remained under arrest and had not made contact with their families.

The asylum seekers insist they took no part in the putsch and fled to Greece to save their lives "when policemen started shooting against them".

Marinaki added that the soldiers -- all married and in their forties -- feared for the safety of themselves and their families.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara had asked Athens to send the officers, including two majors, back following Friday night's challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rule by discontented soldiers in which more than 250 people died.

Erdogan spoke late on Saturday over the phone with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and thanked him for his stance during the failed uprising, according to Greek government sources.

Tsipras had on early Sunday expressed his "support for the democratically elected" Turkish government.

According to Athens News Agency, the Greek Prime Minister told Erdogan that the procedure for the Turkish asylum seekers will be swift but in line with international law and human rights treaties.

Greek government sources estimate that the procedure will take up to two weeks.

Early on Sunday, the Blackhawk helicopter the asylum seekers had used was flown back to Turkey.

Updated Date: Jul 17, 2016 18:54 PM

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