Turkish NATO officers request asylum but are there extradition requests?


Protesters carry an effigy of Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, founder of the Gulen movement, during a demonstration at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, 18 July 2016. Gulen has been accused by Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan of allegedly orchestrating the 15 July failed coup attempt. Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, announced on 18 July that of the 7,500 detainees involved in the coup attempt, there were 6,000 soldiers, 100 police officers, 755 judges and prosecutors and 650 civilians. Among the detained army officials included 103 generals, almost one third of the 356 generals in the Turkish Army. At least 290 people were killed and almost 1,500 injured amid violent clashes on July 15 as certain military factions attempted to stage a coup d'etat.

But, high-profile extradition requests have only been submitted to Greece

While hundreds of army officers have fled Turkey for Europe, there are very few known extradition requests made from Ankara.

More than one-hundred Turkish NATO soldiers have applied for asylum in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany in the aftermath of the attempted coup on July 15, 2016, the Dutch public broadcaster (NOS) reported on Tuesday.

In September 2016 Turkey started recalling NATO staff, including 400 stationed in the Benelux countries, Germany and the US. Since the attempted co...

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