Baku, Azerbaijan, April 16
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
American pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, imprisoned in Turkey, has today stood a trial in Izmir, Turkey, Turkish media report April 16.
Reportedly, 50-year-old Brunson had close ties with the movement of Fethullah Gulen, who is involved in a military coup attempt of 2016 in Turkey.
Brunson may be sentenced to 35 years of imprisonment.
Earlier during a phone talk, US President Donald Trump asked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extradite Brunson.
On July 15, 2016, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them. However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.
The death toll as a result of the coup attempt stood at over 250 people, and more than 2,000 people were wounded.
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