Turkey Attempted Coup: Turkey Foreign Minister says Greece will return alleged coup plotters

18:57 Jul. 16, 2016

Turkey Foreign Minister says Greece will return alleged coup plotters

A military helicopter flies over the parliament near the Turkish military headquarters, in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, July 16, 2016. (AP Photo)

Eight soldiers reported to have fled from Turkey to Alexandroupolis

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has tweeted the "eight traitors who escaped to Greece will be returned to Turkey in the shortest possible time," CNN reports.

He added he had spoken to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, and included the hashtag #theycantescape in his tweet.

Greek state television reported that eight men fled from Turkey and landed in Alexandroupolis at midday on Saturday. The authorities believe the soldiers were involved in an overthrow attempt back home. Turkey have already asked to return the escapees.


Read also Turkish soldiers say they were 'not aware they were part of coup attempt'

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has called on Recep Tayyip Erdogan to respect human rights and the rule of law as the President announced the attempted coup is over.

"Upholding human rights and the rule of law is the job of elected governments. The coup plotters in Turkey forgot this; it is crucial that President Erdogan and the authorities do not," said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's Director for Europe and Central Asia in a written statement.

More than 160 people were killed, including many civilians, after a faction of the armed forces tried to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters on late Friday.

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