State prosecutors in Turkey have demanded to sentence to life imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson. He suspected living in the United States opposition theologian Fethullah Gulen.
Official Ankara holds Gyllene responsibility for the attempted coup of 16 July 2016 and requires the US extradition of the opposition activist. The administration of Donald trump, like its predecessor, States that this requirement is not supported by evidence.
According to the materials of the case, Brunson was the liaison of the so-called «terrorist group Fethullah». The priest, who belongs to the Presbyterian Church, held in Turkey worship in the period of 23 years.
Brunson is accused of espionage with the aim of overthrowing the legitimate government and undermining the constitutional order. He says himself that just wanted to spread the word of God.
In October 2017, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hinted that he is ready to return to the United States accused of espionage in exchange for the issuance by the Americans Gulen.
As reported by the radio station NPR, Erdogan was outraged by the fact that the American side found unconvincing evidence of the involvement of gülen to the coup. «Don’t forget that we still have your pastor,» added he, speaking to graduates of the military Academy.