Greece hears Asylum claim of Turkish ‘Coup’ officer

Greece began hearing the asylum claim Friday of the first of eight Turkish military officers who fled their country after the failed coup on July 15, the asylum service said.

Captain Feridun Coban was driven to the headquarters of the asylum service in Athens in the early hours of Friday morning, according to the group's lawyer Stavroula Tomara.

His fellow officers -- three other captains, two commanders and two sergeants, who along with Coban are accused by Turkey of involvement in the coup -- will have their cases heard from Monday.

No decision will be made in their cases for "two or three months", according to the asylum service.

Greece said Thursday that Turkey had formally requested the extradition of the men on suspicion of involvement in the failed coup. The men deny the accusations.

The men requested asylum in Greece after landing a military helicopter in the northern city of Alexandroupoli, four days after the attempted government takeover on July 15.

In late July, the court of Alexandroupoli sentenced the eight -- who face a military trial in their homeland if sent back -- to suspended two-month prison terms for illegal entry.

Source: National News Agency