Greece releases 1st of 8 Turkish servicemen seeking asylum

Greek authorities have released from custody one of the eight Turkish servicemen who fled to the country in a military helicopter seeking asylum, just after Turkey’s failed military coup in 2016.

The pilot, who has not been officially named, will be subject to strict restrictions on his movements pending a decision on his asylum application.

The case has soured relations between regional rivals Greece and Turkey. Greek courts have rejected Turkish demands for the eight men’s extradition to face charges of allegedly participating in the coup. Judges ruled that the eight would not get a fair trial in Turkey.

The serviceman’s release Thursday follows a Supreme Court decision last week that said he must remain at an undisclosed address and appear daily at a police station.

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