Oct 12 2018

Turkish prosecutor asks for Brunson’s release

A Turkish prosecutor called for U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson’s release from house arrest and to allow him to travel abroad, local media reported on Friday.

The request followed a withdrawal of allegations by state witnesses that had linked Brunson to outlawed groups. The presiding judge is considering the prosecutor's request and will make a ruling shortly at the court in western Turkey, CNN Turk reported.

Brunson’s release opens the way to an improvement in relations with the United States and ends the threat of further sanctions against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government for his internment. The lira had slumped to a record low in August, spurring concerns for a full-blown financial crisis, as President Donald Trump barred two Turkish ministers from travelling to the United States and doubled tariffs on Turkish steel imports.

The lira rose 1.1 percent to 5.86 per dollar at 3:57 p.m. in Istanbul. The main stock index climbed 1.4 percent to 96,063 points.