Pastor Brunson appeal for house arrest release rejected by Turkish court


In the Turkish courts, Brunson has been unsuccessful in arguing for his release, and on Friday had his latest appeal rejected, according to The Associated Press.

Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old Christian pastor, was detained two years ago in Turkey on spying charges, and faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over twenty years and led a small church in the southwestern coastal town of Izmir, was jailed for almost two years following the failed 2016 coup.

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United States treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin warned the country will turn up the heat on under-fire president Recep Tayyip Erdogan by imposing more crippling sanctions if Turkey refuses to free American pastor Andrew Brunson.

The President also sent a message directly to Pastor Andrew through Twitter, calling him a "wonderful Christian pastor" and letting Pastor Andrew know that he considers him a "patriot hostage".

"We have more that we're planning to do if they don't release him quickly", Mnuchin said when asked by President Trump at a Cabinet meeting for an update on USA sanctions on Turkish officials.

Washington has already placed a series of sanctions against Turkey, including last week's announcement of a doubling of tariffs on metal imports into the USA from Turkey.

Turkey has responded by declaring that it will raise tariffs on a number of USA imports, including cars, tobacco and spirits. It is a shame.

"Qatar & Turkey's relationship goes beyond strategic partnerships", Qatar's interior minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani tweeted in the wake of the announcement.

Chris Irvine is Senior News Editor at Fox News.