Eight from Turkey found guilty of illegally entering Greece, given suspended sentences

Alexandroupolis court on Thursday handed down suspended sentences for the eight Turkish military officers that crossed the border into Greece on the night of a failed coup attempt in Turkey, after finding them guilty of entering Greece illegally.

The eight were each given a two-month sentence suspended for three years, with the court admitting lack of malice on their part as a mitigating factor.

They were acquitted of the second charge of carrying out an illegal flight because Greek legislation only refers to civilian and not military aircraft.

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the Greek state but we acted without having any alternative,” the eight defendants said in a joint statement read out by their lawyer.

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