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Lawyer: 8 Turkish military personnel being sent to Athens

  • A Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece a board a helicopter during an attempted coup in their country are testifying in court during their trial on charges of entering Greece illegally. Turkey is seeking their return to stand trial for participation in Friday’s coup attempt. The eight deny any involvement and have applied for asylum, saying they fear for their lives if returned. (Antonis Pasvantis/InTime News via AP)

    A Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece a board a helicopter during an attempted coup in their country are testifying in court during their trial on charges of entering Greece illegally. Turkey is seeking their return to stand trial for participation in Friday’s coup attempt. The eight deny any involvement and have applied for asylum, saying they fear for their lives if returned. (Antonis Pasvantis/InTime News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece a board a helicopter during an attempted coup in their country are testifying in court during their trial on charges of entering Greece illegally. Turkey is seeking their return to stand trial for participation in Friday’s coup attempt. The eight deny any involvement and have applied for asylum, saying they fear for their lives if returned. (Antonis Pasvantis/InTime News via AP)

    A Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece a board a helicopter during an attempted coup in their country are testifying in court during their trial on charges of entering Greece illegally. Turkey is seeking their return to stand trial for participation in Friday’s coup attempt. The eight deny any involvement and have applied for asylum, saying they fear for their lives if returned. (Antonis Pasvantis/InTime News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece a board a helicopter during an attempted coup in their country are testifying in court during their trial on charges of entering Greece illegally. Turkey is seeking their return to stand trial for participation in Friday’s coup attempt. The eight deny any involvement and have applied for asylum, saying they fear for their lives if returned. (Antonis Pasvantis/InTime News via AP)

    A Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece a board a helicopter during an attempted coup in their country are testifying in court during their trial on charges of entering Greece illegally. Turkey is seeking their return to stand trial for participation in Friday’s coup attempt. The eight deny any involvement and have applied for asylum, saying they fear for their lives if returned. (Antonis Pasvantis/InTime News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

One of the Greek lawyers for eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece last week aboard a helicopter after last week's failed coup in their country says they are being transferred to Athens.

Menia Polychroni, one of three lawyers representing the eight in the northeastern city of Alexandroupolis, said the legal team found out unofficially that their clients were being transported to Athens Friday, and had confirmed the information with authorities.

Polychroni told The Associated Press the transfer would complicate the legal team's contacts with their clients. The eight have appointments scheduled with immigration officials next week in Alexandroupolis as part of their asylum application.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of the eight, who received two-month suspended prison sentences in Greece Thursday for illegal entry into the country.