The Court of Edirne has rejected for the second time the request to release the two Greek military officers kept in maximum-security prison since March 2nd. The European Union has also explicitly requested their release, in the text of conclusions of the recent Summit, while Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk also put this matter forward to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during Tuesday’s EU-Turkey Summit in Varna, Bulgaria.

On Wednesday, the attorneys of the Greek military officers will file an appeal against the decision, while a new request for release can be filed in a month. The judge that reviewed the request decided that the military officers should be kept in custody, with the reasoning that “There is hard evidence and strong suspicions that the two persons arrested have committed the crime charged with”; it is strange, however, that as yet there is no indictment against them. As published in the Turkish press, the judge also invokes the fact that “they have no residence address in Turkey” and that the act was committed by military officers.


Translation: Eleni Gogou