Eight Turkish military due in Greek court

18 July 2016
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Eight Turkish military personnel who landed in Greece in a helicopter during a military coup in Turkey are to appear in court in the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis, charged with illegally entering the country.

They are likely to request a one- or two-day postponement during Monday’s court appearance. Turkey is seeking their return, and all eight have requested asylum in Greece.

The eight landed in Alexandroupolis Saturday after issuing a distress call and requesting permission for an emergency landing.

Their lawyer, Vassiliki Ilia Marinaki, has said her clients say they knew nothing about the coup and that the helicopter had been used to transport wounded.

They say that shortly after finding out about the coup, they came under fire from the police and feared for their lives.

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