In reaction to a decision on the part of Greece not to extradite eight Turkish soldiers who sought political asylum following a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, a pro-government columnist on Saturday called on assassins to take refuge in Turkey if they kill any European leaders.
“Anyone who attempts to assassinate a European leader can flee to Turkey. From now on, our doors are open to all,” said Cemir Barlas, a staunch supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and a commentator for the pro-government A Haber TV, in a Twitter message.
The Greek Supreme Court handed down its verdict on an extradition request for eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after the failed coup in Turkey and denied their return on Thursday. The court cited the lack of ability to get a fair trial in Turkey as justification for denying the request for the extradition of the soldiers.