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Turkey seeks life in prison for U.S. consulate worker - agency

 ANKARA - 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 defense system, and the U.S. jailing of an executive at a Turkish state bank in an Iran sanctions-busting case.
The Istanbul court ruled to keep Topuz, a translator and fixer for the Drug Enforcement Agency, in detention until trial hearings scheduled for March 26, Anadolu said.
Topuz was arrested over alleged links to the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of a coup attempt in 2016. Gulen denies that.
The indictment seeks life imprisonment for Topuz on charges of "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order," spying and "attempting to remove the government."
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