THESSALONIKI, Greece – A state asylum service in Greece has rejected claims by four more Turkish military servicemen who fled in the wake of their country's failed coup attempt in mid-July.
Eight servicemen fled to the Greek border town of Alexandroupolis by helicopter, and all remain in police custody in Athens. Seven have now had their asylum claims rejected, following the latest decision announced Tuesday, with a decision pending for the eighth.
They have the right to appeal before being deported to Turkey.
Lawyers representing the servicemen have argued that they face mistreatment in Turkey and have accused the Greek government of not allowing a fair asylum procedure — an allegation the government has rejected.