Turkey Calls For Return Of 8 ‘Treacherous Officers’ Seeking Asylum In Greece After Deadly Failed Coup Attempt
Turkish officials Saturday called for the prompt return of eight ‘treacherous officers’ who landed in Greece after a deadly military coup attempt in Ankara by a cadre of disaffected officers.
The officers flew to Greece seeking asylum and were identified as two majors, a captain and five privates by Anadolu Agency, a state-run news organization. The request was futher evidence that the coup was unsuccessful.
The officers were reportedly arrested for entering Greece illegally. The Greek government said it is returning a Turkish Blackhawk helicopter to Turkey "as soon as possible" but it will examine the asylum demand of the eight military personnel.
The coup attempt was swift and came as a surprise to allies in the region. Forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan managed to quash the coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left at least 161 dead and at least 1,000 injured.