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    Turkey Hopes Greece to Extradite Fugitive Turkish Officers After Coup Attempt

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    Turkish servicemen who fled the country to Greece after a coup attempt in the country will be tried in August, Ankara hopes that Athens will agree to extradite them, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country.

    A day after the coup attempt, eight Turkish servicemen flew a helicopter to the northern Greek border town of Alexandroupolis where they sought political asylum out of fear for their lives. Turkey demanded their extradition, while the men in question denied any involvement in the coup attempt.

    "The trial on fugitive servicemen will take place in the end of this month… We expect that the decision of the Greek court will lead to their extradition," Cavusoglu said as broadcast on the NTV channel.

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