The court of Edirne rejected the litigation on the appeal against the decision to keep the two Greek military officers in custody, filed by their defense attorneys. The proposal of the Greek consul to keep them in custody at the Greek consulate was also rejected, as the military officers were transferred to prison on the pretense that they had no place to live in the Turkish territory. “The court has decided that they should be kept in custody for their illegal entry to a restricted military zone”, said deputy Prime Minister and spokesperson of the Turkish government Bekir Bozdağ.

On his part, Greek government spokesperson Dimitris Tzanakopoulos stated, “Since the Turkish side invokes the legal proceedings, we are obliged to respect them”. Mr. Tzanakopoulos added that all necessary diplomatic action is being taken, however he stressed that it is possible that Turkey utilizes this incident as part of a tension-building strategy, which we have witnessed in the last period. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will convene on Tuesday an informal meeting of the government council responsible for crises management, while following a request by the opposition, the parliamentary committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense will also convene on Tuesday noon.

 

Translation: Eleni Gogou