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Germany is still receiving asylum applications from Turkey over the July 2016 coup attempt, a research group of broadcasters WDR, NDR and the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" newspaper reported on Friday.

Eight other members of the Turkish military flew to Greece by helicopter previous year in the aftermath of the failed attempt to topple President Tayyip Erdogan. They requested asylum, in a case which has strained relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"We would expect that Turkey will submit an extradition request (for the two).This case looks a lot more serious", a government official said, but gave no details.

More than 130 Turkish diplomatic passport holders, soldiers and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, according to German government data in documents seen by Agence France-Presse on February 24.

At least 136 people with Turkish diplomatic passports are now applying for asylum, said Tobias Plate, a ministry spokesman, who was responding to German media reports. The coup attempt left at least 248 people killed and more than 2,100 injured.

Three of those suspects are being tried in absentia.

"They initially claimed doing different professions. when we ascertained their identity, we realised they were members of the military", a Greek police official told Reuters. Recently, the Greek Supreme Court decided against the extradition of another eight Turkish former soldiers linked to the coup attempt, who fled to Greece a few hours after it failed.

  • Leroy Wright