Greece likely to extradite arrested FYROM nationals

Greek court

Greek court

A Greek prosecutor has recommended the extradition of two FYROM nationals arrested in Thessaloniki for travelling with fake Bulgarian passports.

The prosecutor at the Thessaloniki Court of Appeal recommended the extradition of the two men after a request was made for their country, alleging they were involved in a phone tapping scandal, during the premiership of Nikola Gruevsky.

The men, 51 and 35 years old, have protested their extradition saying they fear for their lives and claimed they will not receive a fair trial, sources said. They have denied all charges calling their persecution as "political".

They were arrested in Thessaloniki's airport in October 2016, when they tried to travel to Budapest using fake Bulgarian passports.

The court's meeting was interrupted and will resume on Friday, when the final decision will be issued. The proceedings are conducted in a closed session at the request of the defence lawyers, who cited need to protect their clients. The two men have also applied for asylum in Greece.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.