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Greek court rejects extradition for 2 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)

  • 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 rejected the extradition request by Turkey of the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup in Turkey, their lawyer Christos Mylonopoulos says.

Thursday's decision comes two days after a different set of judges in the same court approved the extradition request for three others in the group. The extradition request for the first three was also denied. Each decision has been taken by a separate set of judges in the same court.

All eight helicopter crewmen deny participating in the coup attempt and a plot to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They flew to Greece the day after the attempted coup and maintain they would not have a fair trial in Turkey.