American pastor Andrew Branson, who lived in Turkish area of Izmir, was arrested last year on charges of having links with the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan workers ‘ party and the Fethullah Gulen movement.
The Prosecutor’s office requires Brunson 35 years in prison. He rejects charges of terrorist activities and espionage.
On Friday a priest arrived to another court session amid us media reports that Washington and Ankara have agreed on the release of Branson. Meanwhile, the U.S. state Department stated that it was not aware of the existence of the transaction.
“Relations between Turkey and the USA left much to be desired, – the correspondent of news Agency “Reuters” Emily Bitner. – The situation with the pastor only complicate them. The case of pastor Brunson has led to a trade war and contributed to the economic crisis facing Turkey. The deal between the two countries on this issue, if it exists, or worked out, many believe, in the end will affect the economic situation in Turkey. Many people here are closely following the progress of this case: whether the pastor is freed to decrease any tension, whether weakened by the economic sanctions.”
The first of August, the U.S. imposed sanctions against the Ministers of interior and of justice of Turkey, Ankara is not allowed to return home to Branson. Turkish foreign Ministry condemned the US decision and urged to abandon it.