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Greek court rules to extradite 3 of 8 Turkish servicemen

FILE - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016 file photo, a Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece. A Greek court in Athens, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 has ruled to extradite three of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July 15 military coup, a day after rejecting Turkey's extradition request for another three of the group. (Antonis Pasvantis/InTime News via AP, file)

FILE - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016 file photo, a Turkish military officer is transferred to a court hall in the city of Alexandroupolis, northern Greece. A Greek court in Athens, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 has ruled to extradite three of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July 15 military coup, a day after rejecting Turkey's extradition request for another three of the group. (Antonis Pasvantis/InTime News via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

A Greek court has agreed to the extradition of three of Turkish servicemen from a group of eight who fled to Greece after a failed July 15 military coup, a day after rejecting Turkey's extradition request for three others.

All eight helicopter crewmen deny participating in the coup and a plot to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They fled to Greece by helicopter and maintain they will not have a fair trial in Turkey.

The Athens council of appeals judges approved Turkey's extradition request for three of the group Tuesday on charges of being involved in the coup, attempting to impede a parliamentary session and the seizure of a helicopter. It rejected the charge of involvement in an assassination attempt against Erdogan.

The three are expected to appeal.