Turkish court rejects US pastor Brunson's appeal for release: Haberturk

18 August, 2018, 18:46 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Trump attacks Turkey, vows to pay 'nothing' for US pastor's release

A higher court in Turkey's Izmir Province has rejected an appeal to dismiss the charges against a US pastor whose prosecution has provoked tensions in U.S. However, much of the ill will shared by Turkey and the US stems not only from the back-and-forth on tariffs, but also from a diplomatic dust-up centered on two men of "faith".

The previous day two Greek soldiers held by Turkey since March for illegally crossing the border were also freed in a move warmly welcomed by Athens.

Trump, before leaving the White House on Friday, denounced Turkey as a "problem for a long time" and said it made up a "phony" spying charge against Andrew Brunson. It also rejected an appeal for his travel ban to be lifted, Anadolu reported.

The US president is taking issue with the continued detention in Turkey of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces 35 years in prison on espionage and terror-related charges.

The U.S. says it may impose more sanctions against Turkey, as the diplomatic rift between the two countries deepens. Turkey retaliated with some $533 million of tariffs on some USA imports - including cars, tobacco and alcoholic drinks - and said it would boycott US electronic goods.

"Some people are trying to threaten us through our economy, through interest rates, inflation, investment and foreign exchange", Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara at the congress of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Ratings agency Fitch said the absence of an orthodox monetary policy response to the lira's fall, and the rhetoric of Turkish authorities have "increased the difficulty of restoring economic stability and sustainability".

Mr Trump later said in a tweet the United States "will pay nothing" for Mr Brunson's release, "but we are cutting back on Turkey!".

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"Do you think the lira will gain against the dollar if Brunson is released?

In U.S. markets, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 428.96 points, or 1.7 percent, to 25,591.37, the S&P 500 .spx gained 26.08 points, or 0.93 percent, to 2,844.45 and the Nasdaq Composite .ixic added 45.51 points, or 0.59 percent, to 7,819.63. They want to hold our wonderful pastor.

He went to the police station on October 7, 2016, was detained and later charged with involvement in a coup attempt. It was presented to the judge as the incriminating evidence against him.

Brunson, who attended Wheaton College, has lived in Turkey for more than two decades as pastor of a small local church.

Gulen has denied the charges, and the USA has rejected every request to force him from his compound in Pennsylvania to stand trial in Turkey.

"Volatility seems to have fizzled out in the last 24 hours and the stability in the renminbi has helped emerging market currencies", he said, while cautioning that Italian political uncertainty would limit any euro upside.

The lira has weakened 35 percent against the dollar this year as the deterioration in ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies fueled losses driven by concerns over President Tayyip Erdogan's influence over monetary policy.

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