Tag: ANDREW BRUNSON
President Donald Trump's administration imposed sanctions targeting Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu in response to Turkey's arrest and prosecution of US pastor Andrew Brunson on terror charges.
Pastor Andrew Brunson received a hero's welcome at the White House.
Brunson's detention since 2016 caused not just one of the worst diplomatic rows of recent times between NATO allies Turkey and the US, but also a crash in the Turkish lira which exposed the country's economic fragility.
The dispute has centred on the almost two-year detention of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson on terror-related and espionage charges, and caused the Turkish lira to take a beating.
Jurucakap Presiden Turki, Tayyip Erdogan berkata, komen oleh penasihat keselamatan Presiden AS, Donald Trump membuktikan AS mensasarkan ekonomi Turki dan tidak menggambarkan prinsip serta nilai sekutu NATO.
The evangelical pastor, who has lived in Turkey for two decades, has been detained for 21 months on terrorism charges, which he denies.
The lira has lost nearly 40% against the dollar this year, driven by worries over President Tayyip Erdogan's growing control over the economy and his repeated calls for lower interest rates.
The court in the western city of Izmir ruled that Brunson, who faces 35 years in jail over terror and espionage charges, will remain under house arrest.
Turkey raised concerns about state-run lender Halkbank that’s under investigation for its role in a scheme to evade a US embargo on Iran.
Brunson was placed under house arrest last week following nearly two years in jail on charges of espionage and supporting terror groups.
Andrew Brunson had already spent nearly two years in detention on terrorism charges.
Brunson is accused of engaging in activities on behalf of the group led by exiled Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).