A Turkish employee of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul could face life in jail if convicted of espionage and coup charges accepted by a court on Friday, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

Metin Topuz’ arrest in October 2017 exacerbated tensions between Washington and Ankara, already strained over U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, Turkey’s plan to buy a Russian defence system, and the U.S. jailing of an executive at a Turkish state bank in an Iran sanctions-busting case.Read More

By Ian Dei

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