But Sedar Dedeoglu, of Luedenscheid, now faces a threat to his life if he’s forced to return to Turkey, and is seeking help from German authorities.
Dedeoglu’s case has become so widely known in Turkey that his life is in real and imminent danger, the lawyer said.
“We should rejoice that a such a person has become a Christian, and we should avoid any actions which could put his life in additional danger,” Seitter told an evangelical news agency.
Dedeoglu came to Germany in 1997 and asked for asylum because of political persecution of the Kurdish minority in Turkey. Four years later, he and his family converted to the Christian faith. They are members of an Evangelical Brethren church.