Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, In Response To A Question Regarding The Dismissal By Athens Appeal Court Of Claims On The Extradition Of Five Out Of Eight Individuals To Turkey

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 08.12.2016

QA-46, 8 December 2016

We are following closely the extradition process regarding the 8 persons, who attempted to claim the lives of our people and H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey on 15 July 2016 and fled to Greece in an illegal way. Within this context, we have difficulty in understanding the decision of Athens Appeal Court that rejects the extradition of five of these individuals, while accepting our request for extradition of the three others.

As a country which experienced the negative ramifications of a military junta in the past and could therefore empathize with Turkey in this period, we expect our neighbor and ally Greece to extradite coup plotters to Turkey.

We understand that the extradition process is currently pending. We will continue to follow the developments in the upcoming period.

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