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Trial of US Pastor Brunson resumes in Turkey

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Before becoming the American pastor taken from prison, to court and house arrest…Andrew Brunson – was in charge of a small evangelical church in Izmir….for 2 decades – he, his wife and three children lived in Turkey – ….but their lives were shattered shortly after the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayip Erdogan. ..for weeks – authorities arrested tens of thousands of people – who they believed were involved in the coup…among them 20 Americans – including Pastor Brunson…Turkish authorities accuse him of spying – and being linked to groups fighting Erdogan:- the outlawed Kurdistan workers party – or PKK – and the preacher Turkey accuses of organising the coup: Fetulah Gulen… exiled in the US…Erdogan – has suggested the US should deliver Gulen – in exchange for pastor Brunson…SOT ERDOGAN”They say: ”give us our pastor back” – but they too have a preacher and we will do anything to have him tried… The Americans say: ”don”t involve Gulen in this case” what does that mean? you”re not even putting him on trial.. he lives in a manoir in Pennsylvania. You could easily extradite him!” Gullen denies any involvement in the failed coup… while Brunson swears he has never acted against the Turkish leadership…his arrest – has brought relations between long time allies US and Turkey to a new low….with both countries taking sanctions against one anotherthe crisis has hit the Turkish economy – with Lira plummeting…

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