Turkish court rejects release appeal of American Pastor

Turkish court rejects release appeal of American Pastor

Turkish court rejects release appeal of American Pastor

A Turkish court has rejected an appeal to release American pastor Andrew Brunson from his house arrest, according to local media.

"You haven't acted, so we will", is how Brownback described President Donald Trump's "decisive, aggressive action" against Turkey for holding a USA citizen illegally on unproven terrorism charges.

Brunson has lived in Istanbul for more than 20 years and held under house arrest for almost two on espionage and terror-related charges.

"They can't take our people", the president said, calling Brunson a "wonderful Christian pastor".

He said: "I have just authorised a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downwards against our very strong Dollar!" Investors also fret over Erdogan's influence over monetary policy.

The US president announced on Twitter last week that he had authorized a doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, stating that relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies "are not good at this time!"

Mr Erdogan is angry that the USA has not taken more action against the Gulenist movement and what he said was a failure "to unequivocally condemn" the 2016 coup attempt.

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The row has seen Ankara put around $500 million of tariffs on some U.S. imports and boycott American electronic products in retaliation for the Trump administration's sanctions on some Turkish officials.

"The tariffs that the United States placed on Turkey were out of national security interests".

The embattled currency weakened in early London trading, with one dollar buying 5.86 lira, but has just recovered to 5.8, up 0.26%.

Sanders said the sanctions on Turkish Interior and Justice Ministers "would not be removed" until the release of Brunson. Its leader lives in Pennsylvania and the US has rejected calls from Turkey to have him extradited.

Turkey's banking watchdog has taken steps to stabilise the currency, limiting futures transactions for offshore investors and lowering limits on swap transactions.

Although they share a last name, Gazi is not related to Berat Albayrak, Ankara's current Finance Minister and the Turkish President's son-in-law who has been facing mounting criticism online over the unfolding financial crisis. Trump added the pastor is a "very innocent man" and "we got somebody out for him - he needed help getting somebody out of some place".

Turkey is also seemingly on the brink of a major debt crisis, as a weakening lira makes it harder for Ankara to pay its global dues.

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