Turkey

Brunson defends himself ‘with boldness’

International | The American pastor heads back to a Turkish jail as he awaits an October trial date
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/18/18, 02:41 pm

TURKEY: Despite predictions in and outside Turkey of Andrew Brunson’s release, the Izmir court Wednesday returned the American pastor to jail after a two-hour proceeding. The judges set another trial date for Oct. 12—nearly two years since authorities first detained Brunson.

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Brunson again denied release from Turkish prison

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/18, 11:16 am

A Turkish court on Wednesday again rejected a request to release a detained American pastor from jail as his trial on terrorism and espionage charges continues. Turkish authorities arrested Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old pastor from North Carolina, following a failed coup in 2016. Brunson lived in Turkey for 23 years and pastored Izmir Resurrection Church. He faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty. The case was adjourned until Oct. 12.

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The Brunson farce

Persecution | Turkey’s indictment against American Pastor Andrew Brunson reveals why charges against him shouldn’t hold up in any legitimate court
by Aykan Erdemir & Merve Tahiroglu
Posted 7/17/18, 12:24 pm

On Wednesday American pastor Andrew Brunson—unjustly detained in a Turkish prison for almost 20 months—will appear in court. Turkish judges refused to release him after his previous two hearings on April 16 and May 7.

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