Turkish Court Rejected to Release Brunson

The attorney of Andrew Brunson, U.S. Pastor, has appealed to a higher court, requesting that Brunson be released from house arrest and his international travel ban be lifted was rejected by the Turkish Izmir court.

The 2nd Penal Court in İzmir rejected the appeal on Aug. 15 and sent the defendant’s petition to an upper court.

Brunson, who has been living in Turkey for more than two decades, was accused of helping supporters of the U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen who Turkish authorities say masterminded the 2016 coup attempt in which 250 people were killed.

He was also charged with supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which was designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey and the U.S.