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    A Greek appeals court refused to extradite two soldiers, who had fled Turkey following the July thwarted coup, Turkish media reported Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Hurriyet Daily News newspaper, a Greek appeals court made a decision to reject Turkey's extradition request.

    On July 15, a military coup attempt took place in Turkey. Ankara accused Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in the US state of Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers of playing a key role in the coup. Since July, Turkey has arrested hundreds of military personnel, activists and journalists on suspicion of links with Gulen.

    On July 16, a group of eight Turkish servicemen fled the country heading their helicopters to Greece's city of Alexandroupolis.

    On Monday, Greek authorities decided not to extradite three of eight fugitives, while on Tuesday ruled to extradite three other servicemen.

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    military coup, extradition, Greece, Turkey
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