US pastor on trial in Turkey for alleged terror ties, spying

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He described how the case could take two eyars or more, according to Brunson's lawyer but that there was some sign of light: "There are some hopes that he may be released - there was a slightly similar case of a German-Turkish journalist who had been in prison for more than a year and when his court case started he was released".

"I want the whole truth to be revealed". I reject all the accusations in the indictment.

"Turkey's Syria policy is not a policy of being on the same side or being opposed to another country", Bozdag told reporters in Qatar in response to a journalist's question about Macron's remarks. "I would love for others to join this and pray for Andrew whenever you eat breakfast lunch and dinner - whatever time zone you are in!"

"I haven't done anything against Turkey".

Brunson reacted with emotion, telling his wife Norine in English: 'I am going insane.

Turkish prosecutors have charged Brunson with engaging in activities on behalf of the group led by Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen - who Ankara says is behind a failed 2016 coup - and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

An American Christian pastor being held in a Turkish prison on terrorism charges will remain in custody during his trial, a court has ruled.

"We think we can debunk these claims tomorrow", Brunson's lawyer said.

Washington has demanded his release.

The Brunson case has further hiked tensions between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Turkey and the United States, with US President Donald Trump raising the issue in talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is a father, a husband, and a peaceful man of God.

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"Whoever defends what is right, we are on their side", he added in televised comments.

On Monday, Andrew Brunson spoke at the beginning of his trial.

USA lawmakers have been considering measures to bar Turkish officials linked to Brunson's detention from entering the US.

"Having grown up in Turkey, it has been hard for me to understand the situation".

The case adds to a series of disputes already hurting Turkey's ties with Washington, including the trial of a Turkish banker on charges of helping Iran evade sanctions in NY.

"I know the allegations against my father are absurd". Their arrests came weeks after members of Turkey's armed forces attempted to overthrow the government.

"He is innocent", he maintained.

Norine Brunson was later released.

Macron said: 'With these strikes and this intervention, we separated the Russians and the Turks on this issue. the Turks condemned the chemical strike and supported the operation that we conducted'.