Greece hears asylum claim of Turkish 'coup' officer

A police officer escorts a Turkish officer who fled to Greece by helicopter after the failed coup, outside the courthouse of Alexandroupoli last monthGreece on Friday heard the asylum claim of the first of eight Turkish military officers who fled their country after the failed coup on July 15, the asylum service said. Captain Feridun Coban presented himself at the headquarters of the asylum service in Athens early on Friday and spent nearly five hours there, the group’s lawyer Stavroula Tomara said. The men requested asylum in Greece after landing a military helicopter in the northern city of Alexandroupoli, four days after the attempted government takeover on July 15.

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