Turkish courts once again refuse to release Greek soldiers held in Edirne prison

Greek soldiers Aggelos Mitretodis and Dimitris Kouklatzis are to remain in custody in Edirne Prison after the sixth request for their release was denied by Turkish courts on Tuesday.

The court presented identical reasoning for its decision as for the earlier requests, citing the two soldiers lack of any permanent address in Turkey where they could stay until they are formally charged.

The same reason for refusing their release was given on the five previous occasions when they filed petitions for their release, on March 5 and 27, on April 24, on May 22 and June 19.

The two soldiers were conducting a routine patrol along the Greek-Turkish border in early March when they ran into a Turkish military patrol that then proceeded to arrest them, on the grounds that they had passed some metres into Turkish territory. They have been held in Edirne prison since that time but have not yet been formally charged.