A lawyer says the eight Turkish military personnel who fled to Greece in a military helicopter after the failed July 15 coup in Turkey have earned a postponement in the discussion of their applications for political asylum.

Menia Polychroni, one of the lawyers representing the Turkish men, told The Associated Press that "we obtained a postponement" and all eight cases will begin to be considered on Aug. 19. She said the process should be finished by Aug. 26.

Four of the eight appeared for asylum interviews Wednesday before authorities in Athens but the hearings were ultimately postponed for all.

If the decision by Greece's Asylum Authority is negative, the applicants have a right to appeal.

Turkey is adamant that the men be returned.