“On Friday, August 19, the trial of these traitors will take place. One more hearing will be held next week, on August 23–25…. We expect that our request to extradite [them] will be satisfied,” Cavusoglu said after a meeting with opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) head Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
On July 15, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the country. The attempt was suppressed by the following morning.
A day after the coup attempt, eight Turkish servicemen flew a helicopter to the northern Greek border town of Alexandroupoli where they sought political asylum. Turkey demands their extradition, while the men in question deny any involvement in the coup attempt.