Turkish Prosecutor Seeks Life Sentence for American Missionary

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded life in prison for jailed American pastor Andrew Brunson, according to Doğan News Agency.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month called for Brunson's release during a visit to Turkey.

NAN reports that Mr. Brunson was charged with "membership in an armed terrorist organisation", "gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and to change the constitutional order".

In 2017, President Tayyip Erdogan had suggested that Turkey could free Brunson if the USA handed over Fethulla Gulen, the US -based Muslim cleric Ankara blames for the attempted military putsch. It has been raised by President Donald Trump in talks with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The prosecutor's office could not be reached for comment.

Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has denied involvement in the coup. "To tell about Jesus Christ". Turkey is seeking his extradition from the U.S.

"We continue to have serious concerns. about cases against USA citizens who have been arrested under the state of emergency", Tillerson said, referring to the emergency rule that has been in place since July 2016.

On March 9, Pastor Brunson's daughter, Jacqueline, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, calling the allegations against her father "absurd" and noting that her family "has suffered greatly during the past year and half". "You give him to us and we'll give you this one". "He is.a peaceful pastor".

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