Sunday, 19 August, 2018

The Greek soldiers remain in Edirne prison - Indictment concerns

The Greek soldiers remain in Edirne prison - Indictment concerns The Greek soldiers remain in Edirne prison - Indictment concerns
Melinda Barton | 07 March, 2018, 12:20

A Turkish court on Monday rejected a request for the release of two Greek soldiers who were detained after crossing the border into Turkey in bad weather, private broadcaster CNN Turk and other local media said. They and their families are deeply saddened.

The court made a decision to remand them in custody on Friday, on the grounds of attempted military espionage and entering a prohibited military zone, Turkish media said. Furthermore, he underlined that although Turkish Media have reported on the scenarios for the exchange of the 2 Greeks with the 8 Turks, the government dismisses them.

"The detention of the two officers in Turkey is not an issue connected with the exchange".

"Turkey is making a comeback this year, that's for sure", he stressed, adding that together with Spain and Greece, Turkey would be among the top holiday destinations this year.

"Turkey must observe procedures prescribed by global law, and not turn a routine incident into a big political and legal issue", he said.

In the immediate future the prosecution will file the indictment, which will be accepted or rejected by the court and then the judge will be appointed.

Bozdag said Greece did not demand the extradition of the soldiers who crossed the border of Turkey.

The two Greek soldiers being escorted.

A river marks most of the Greek-Turkish border, while a fence runs along much of the land section.

During a press conference on Monday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias called on Ankara to see the matter for what it is, and not blow it out of proportion.