Alexandroupolis prosecutor pressed charges for illegal entry in Greece to the eight Turkish military officers, passengers of the Turkish helicopter that landed on Saturday at Alexandroupolis airport.
The Turkish officers who have already sought political asylum in Greece were not indicted with attempt to disrupt the country’s international relations, something that as one of the suspects’ lawyers said, would offer to some to consider the need for their extradition to Turkey imperative.
“The charge could not stand because they did not come to raise a problem to the country. They claim they did not take part in the coup, they were ordered, along with two other helicopters, to transfer the injured from the streets of Istanbul to a particular place” said their lawyer Menia Polychroni adding that they fear for their lives and for the families they left behind. All are married with children”.
The Turkish officers were sent to the detention center at Feres and on Monday will appear before the asylum agency and afterwards they will be sent to court.