Greece Begins Extradition of Turkish Coup Soldiers

Greece initiated extradition procedures against eight Turkish military officers who fled in a helicopter following a failed coup attempt, the Turkish prime ministry said, Turkish Anadolu Agency reports.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim late Sunday, confirming that the extradition process had begun, the ministry said in a statement.

Yildirim thanked Tsipras for the sensitivity and support of the Greek government in the process.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that in a telephone conversation with Tsipras the previous night, the Greek leader told him that the Turkish officers would be returned within 10 to 15 days.