Imprisoned US pastor Andrew Brunson is set to stand trial before a Turkish criminal court on April 16 on espionage and terrorism-related charges that could jail him for up to 35 years.
Seventeen months after the pastor’s arrest in the port city of Izmir, a formal indictment accepted by the Izmir 2nd Criminal Court has been released to Brunson and his lawyer – but only after the 62-page document was leaked illegally to the Turkish media.
“Andrew Brunson is an innocent person,” Tufan said. “The indictment does not contain any real evidence. There is no real legal proof to use against him. It is a very political hostage case. That is why [the Turkish authorities] had to demand the worst punishment against him, to make him more valuable.”
— World Watch Monitor