Judges union asks International Association of Judges to respond to Turkish pressures on extradition ruling

Greece’s Association of Judges and Prosecutors invited the International Association of Judges on Thursday to take action after the Turkish government issued an angry response to the Greek courts’ ruling regarding the extradition of the eight Turkish officers.

The Supreme Court decided last month not to extradite the officers who were accused by Turkey of participating in the failed coup attempt last July, citing concern over human rights abuses in the neighbouring country.

The three decisions of the Supreme Court of Greece acknowledged that a potential extradition would endanger their lives and expose them to torture and humiliation and, with these considerations, it decided not to extradite them, the association said.

After the decision, Turkey issued arrest warrants for the eight army officers and accused Greek courts of “allowing impunity for criminals and the violation of the rights of the victims, in contrast to the principles of international law and rules.”

“As it becomes apparent, the Turkish government is directly questioning the irrevocable rulings of the Supreme Court of Greece, accuses our country that it allows impunity for criminals and that it protects illegal people, while it also threatens the country’s international relations,” the association said.

“We are of the opinion that with its stance, Turkey is attempting to put unacceptable pressure on Greece’s judicial system. We ask the International Association of Judges to assess the situation as it stands and make the appropriate announcements and interventions,” it added.