8 Turkish coup plotters request asylum in Greece
8 Turkish coup plotters request asylum in Greece –
(Vanguard) – A Turkish military helicopter landed in Greece Saturday carrying eight officers seeking asylum after a coup bid, Greek police said.
The Black Hawk chopper arrived after sending a distress signal to authorities at the airport in Alexandroupolis in the country’s north.
Seven of those on board were in military uniform and all are believed to have been involved in the attempted putsch, ERT TV said.
Athens News Agency said the asylum seekers comprised three majors, three captains and two sergeant majors.
Turkey‘s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara had asked Athens to send back the eight.
“We have requested Greece to extradite the eight traitors as soon possible,” Cavusoglu was quoted as telling HaberTurk television.
According to an official in the Greek National Defence General Staff, “the helicopter is scheduled to be sent back immediately to Turkey“.