US pastor goes on trial in Turkey after arrest in coup crackdown

US pastor goes on trial in Turkey after arrest in coup crackdown
 

An American pastor has gone on trial in Turkey charged with aiding a terrorist organisation, in a case that has frayed relations between Turkey and the US.
Andrew Brunson is accused of helping a group led by Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Muslim preacher who Turkish officials allege was behind a failed 2016 coup.
Mr Brunson, who ran a Protestant church in the Turkish city of Izmir, was arrested in October 2016.
If convicted, he faces up to 35 years behind bars.
Mr Brunson, 50, an evangelical pastor originally from North Carolina, appeared in court on Monday in the town of Aliaga, alongside his... read more

 
16 April 2018 in World News, Views: 57
Source: BBC
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