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High-level USA officials, including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have called for Pastor Brunson's release.

Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback has been to Turkey and Republican Sen.

"After Ghouta, it's likely the Syrian government will head south - the current situation in Deraa must be finished off", said Bassam Abou Abdallah, who heads the Damascus Centre for Strategic Studies. "We believe that Turkey is a state of law, and we have faith in the Turkish people's commitment to justice".

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USA lawmakers have been considering measures to bar Turkish officials linked to Brunson's detention from entering the US.

A Christian pastor from North Carolina living in Turkey for 23 years, Brunson has been indicted on charges of helping the group that Turkey holds responsible for the failed 2016 coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "I haven't been involved in any illegal activity", Brunson told the court, according to Turkish newspaper The Hürriyet Daily News. Halavurt dismissed the evidence including a charge that Brunson had met with a senior member of the Gulen movement.

The 50-year-old Brunson is an evangelical Christian. "Will the judge and the authorities trying the case agree to my request that they let Pastor Brunson go free and imprison me in place of him?" said Devlin.

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Washington said it did not receive sufficient evidence showing Gulen's connection to the coup attempt.

Ismail Cem Halavurt stated Andrew Brunson, detained faced the &ldquordquo; control of aiding a terrorist association and should really be freed at rsquo & Monday.

More than 300 people lost their lives in IS-claimed attacks in Turkey, where the terror organization has targeted civilians in the suicide bomb, rocket, and gun attacks. The purges have led to widespread criticism of the country's authoritarian president.

"He's not guilty, he's not a spy, he's not working for Central Intelligence Agency or other kind of organization", Tufan said. He is charged with connections to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Kurdish militant group which Turkey and the USA consider a terrorist organization.

The State Department said it was deeply concerned by the conviction.

Relations are already tense over American backing for a Kurdish militia in Syria despised by Ankara and the jailing of two employees at American missions in Turkey.

"Until now, has the policy put forward by Turkey changed?".


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