Turkish Defense Minister Slams Greek Court’s Ruling

Ankara, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik has slammed the Greek court’s decision to not extradite eight fugitive former Turkish soldiers linked to the July 15 coup attempt.

Commenting on the ruling, Fikri Isik said: “This is not a judgment, it is not a decision that dispenses justice.” He called Thursdays ruling of the Greek Supreme Court case a political decision” and a “complete disappointment”.

“Our urgent expectation from Greece is that this wrong and unjust decision be corrected as soon as possible and those eight people are returned to Turkey,” he said.

Turkey sent a second extradition request to Greece on Friday calling for the repatriation of the soldiers, a Justice Ministry official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, did not explain how a second request would help nullify the Greek courts decision.

Interpol has also been asked to issue international arrest warrants for the eight, the official said, according to Tyrkey’s Anadolu Agency.

A court in Istanbul later issued arrest warrants in absentia against the soldiers, a judicial official said.

Source: Qatar News Agency