Turkish court rules to keep U.S. pastor in jail pending trial

Reuters , Monday 16 Apr 2018

Ismail Cem Halavurt, lawyer of the jailed pastor Andrew Brunson, arrives Aliaga Prison and Courthouse complex in Izmir, Turkey April 16, 2018. (SOURCE: REUTERS)

A Turkish court decided on Monday to keep a U.S. pastor in jail pending trial over alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup in Turkey, broadcaster NTV reported.

Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the group that Ankara holds responsible for the attempted coup against President Tayyip Erdogan. He faces up to 35 years in prison.

The next hearing will be on May 7, NTV reported.

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