Eight members of the Turkish military, who are believed to have supported the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , were arrested in Greece on Saturday, where they landed in a helicopter and requested asylum.
All eight are junior military officers, “up to level of major,” a senior Greek official said. They told Greek authorities that they supported the failed coup, the official said. Their Turkish military helicopter landed in the Greek city of Alexandrouplis, near the border with Turkey, around noon on Saturday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has asked Greece to extradite the eight officers, according to a message he wrote on Twitter. Greek officials say they haven’t received a formal extradition request so far.
Greek government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said Greece will examine the asylum requests, as required by international law. “However, it will be taken into account seriously that, in their country, they are accused of violating the constitutional order and attempting to overthrow the democratic regime,” Mrs. Gerovasili said in a written statement.