: Eight Turkish militaries remain in Greece after the sentence

19:41 Jul. 21, 2016

Eight Turkish militaries remain in Greece after the sentence

Greek policemen check a Turkish Blackhawk helicopter after landing at the airport of Alexandroupolis, northeastern Greece, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 (AP Photo)

Soldiers are found guilty of entering Greece illegally and are handed a two-month suspended jail sentence

Three majors, three captains, and two sergeant majors will stay in Greece until their asylum requests are being examined. Next week the men will appear before immigration authorities. Turkey has branded the soldiers as 'traitors' and 'terrorists'and demanded an extradition. The soldiers say they fear for their life if they return.

Read more Greece returns Turkish helicopter hijacked by rebel troops

The eight men have fled to Greece in a military helicopter after the coup attempt failed. They landed in the northern border city of Alexandroupolis on Saturday after issuing a distress signal. They were arrested and have sought political asylum.

Read more Eight Turkish military men detained in Greece

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