The rest four Turkish army officers, who had been held as well at the police station of the Olympic village, have been released, as the 18-month period of their pre-trial detention has passed. All eight Turkish army officers will stay in a dwelling in Attica, strictly guarded, as they fear a possible kidnapping. A few days ago, the Council of State ruled that political asylum should be granted to one of the eight army officers, and therefore, it is expected that the rest seven officers will also be granted political asylum, as the ruling of the Plenary was of pilot nature.

After the officers’ release, Turkish government spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ severely criticized the Greek government, saying that it supports and harbors the coup perpetrators of Gülen’s organization. On his part, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said that the statements of the Turkish spokesperson were invalid and inappropriate.

 

Translation: Eleni Gogou