Turkish court rejects US pastor’s appeal, upper court yet to rule

American Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson (C), who was charged with committing crimes, including spying for the PKK terror group as well as the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, in Izmir, Turkey on July 25, 2018. 

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American Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson (C), who was charged with committing crimes, including spying for the PKK terror group as well as the Fetullah Terrorist Organization, in Izmir, Turkey on July 25, 2018. 

One Turkish court has rejected an American Christian pastor’s appeal to be released through house arrest as well as for his travel ban to be lifted, although an upper court is actually yet to rule on the appeal, his lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday.

Evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson is actually standing trial in Turkey over terrorism charges. His case currently lies at the heart of a diplomatic crisis between Turkey as well as the United States of which has sent Turkish lira into free-fall.

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