Turkey offers reward for return of eight servicemen from Greece

Turkey offered a bounty of some $6 million on Tuesday for the return of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece the day after the failed July 2016 coup, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The move comes as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due in Turkey to meet Erdoğan and other officials.

Turkey’s Interior Ministry added the servicemen to a list of former military officers wanted for their alleged role in the botched coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The two ex-majors, four former captains, and two ex-sergeants were each given a bounty of 4 million Turkish lira ($770,000). Turkey placed all eight in the most wanted category.

Turkish authorities accuse U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen of masterminding the failed plot. The government has detained tens of thousands of people in a crackdown, accusing them of links to Gülen, and dismissed nearly 25,000 members of the military.

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