Greek asylum officials start interviews with fugitive Turks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " A defense lawyer says Greek asylum authorities have interviewed the first of eight Turkish military personnel who are seeking protection after last month's failed military coup in Turkey.

Lawyer Stavroula Tomara promised Friday to do "whatever is humanly and legally possible" to prevent the men's extradition to Turkey. All eight have submitted asylum applications in Greece.

Turkish authorities on Wednesday officially sought their return, accusing them of participating in the July 15 coup attempt. The six helicopter pilots and two flight mechanics deny any involvement.

They flew to the northeastern Greek city of Alexandroupolis on July 16 and say they fear they would not face a fair trial and that their lives would be at risk in Turkey.

All remain in temporary police custody. Tomara says the interviews continue Monday.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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