After the Greek Supreme Courts’ rejection of Ankara’s request to extradite eight officers charges as coup plotters, a three-judge Appellate Court Council has rejected a Turkish request for the extradition of Mehmet Dogan.

Dogan is one of nine individuals of Kurdish descent who were arrested days before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Greece, in early December.

The nine were arrested in Athens’ Kallithea and Neos Kosmos neighbourhoods on terrorism charges.

Protesters outside the court demanded the release of the nine, referring to them in a banner as fighters.

The prosecutor said that France had already granted Dogan international protection.

“It was shown in the relevant [French] decision and the travel documents that the individual enjoys the status provided in the 1951 Geneva Convention, as he has been recognised as a refugee.

The judicial panel ruled that Dogan’s life would be endangered in Turkey, and that he will experience torture and inhuman treatment. It also said that it is believed that he was charged in Turkey due to his political and national beliefs.

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