Court again rejects United States pastor Brunson’s appeal for release

Lloyd Doyle
August 17, 2018

Mr Trump described him as "our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage".

The problem with the new strategy is that it aims directly towards Apple which remains unaffected as Turkey relies on Apple and not the other way around, according toMashable. It also rejected an appeal for his travel ban to be lifted, Anadolu reported. Both Brunson and top U.S. officials say the accusations are false. "He's a very innocent man", Trump said. USA officials maintain there is no credible evidence against Brunson, and the Trump administration has negotiated for weeks to secure his release.

"As you know, we were very clear with our counterparts there, both Secretary (Mike) Pompeo and myself, on the release of the pastor. We have put local brands on the shelf and removed iPhones", a mobile phone shop owner was quoted as saying.

Turkey and the USA are now experiencing rocky relations following Washington's imposition of sanctions on Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul for not releasing American pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces terrorism charges in Turkey.

The pastor was released for house arrest on July 25.

This, in turn, means that 41.09 million projected smartphone users in Turkey till previous year out of which 7.15 million of them use iPhones.


"We suspect that there are diminishing marginal returns to additional technical measures so long as they are not accompanied by a fundamentally-oriented policy package".

On Friday, Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said her government would respond to any new trade duties imposed on the country, whose currency has plunged in recent weeks.

He says the USA will pay nothing for his return, because he is innocent and indicated the pressure on Turkey will continue.

The continued detention of Brunson has become a lightning rod in strained relations between Turkey and the USA, leading Washington to slap economic and political sanctions on its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Mr Brunson has denied charges of espionage, but faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty. The feud over Brunson, who was detained in October 2016, has added to the jitters over an economy that grew quickly, with the help of heavy borrowing, in past years.

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