American pastor Andrew Brunson remains in prison in Turkey a year after his incarceration began.
President Trump has appealed to President Erdoğan for the release of US pastor Andrew Brunson, amid fears that Turkey is using the pastor as a bargaining chip.
A Turkish court has denied an initial appeal for the release of Rev Andrew Brunson (49), an American pastor under arrest since early October over alleged terrorist links.
Five suspects charged with killing three Christians (pictured) in Malatya in 2007 have been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
After a year of threats and attacks, the leader of Turkey’s tiny Protestant community has admitted, “We are anxious and distressed.”
Four of the five suspects on trial for murdering three Christians in Turkey’s southeastern city of Malatya have named the fifth suspect as the sole killer.
Fifteen Turkish Protestant congregations and their leaders have been targeted in a campaign of death threats since 27 August.
Turkish authorities have sealed a Protestant church in Southeast Turkey and ordered that its American pastor be fined and deported on charges of “working illegally”.
Five murder suspects on trial for torturing and killing three Christians in Malatya nearly seven years ago were released on Friday 7 March, before the conclusion of their trial.
US citizen Jerry Mattix (pictured) has been put on Turkey’s blacklist, for his voluntary work with Diyarbakir Protestant Church.