Jul 03 2018

Elections offer glimmer of hope for two Greek soldiers held in Turkey

The lifting of Turkey’s state of emergency next month may offer a glimmer of hope for the two Greek soldiers who are being held in a Turkish prison and stand accused of military espionage after accidentally crossing the border into Turkey during stormy weather in March, said Greek Reporter website. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who scored a decisive victory in the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, has vowed to lift Turkey’s state of emergency which was implemented following the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.

The Greek Reported quoted law expertes which said that the development could force the Turkish judiciary to review in more favorable light the fate of Angelos Mitretodis and Dimitris Kouklatzis whose ongoing detention has furthered tensions between Ankara and Athens.

‘’If international standards were to apply, the lifting of the state of emergency will “certainly affect us,’’’ the reported Mitretodis’ father as saying, adding however, that “we do not know precisely the Turkish legislation and what rights have been abolished with the state of emergency.”

In June, a Turkish court turned down the fourth request that the Greek soldiers be released from pre-trial custody.