US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court

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US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court

Samuel Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, talks to members of the media outside the prison complex Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed pastor Andrew Craig Brunson appeared on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. The american pastor accused of ties to terror groups and spying in Turkey went on trial on Monday, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson, 50, a US evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup that year. He has denied all allegations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson, 50, a US evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup that year. He has denied all allegations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A convoy of U.S. diplomatic vehicles is driven to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson, 50, a US evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup that year. He has denied all allegations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson, 50, a U.S. evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup that year. He has denied all allegations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A members of Turkish forces guards the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ismail Cem Halavurt, the lawyer of jailed Andrew Craig Brunson who served as the pastor in Izmir, western Turkey, arrives at the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where his client is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A U.S. diplomatic vehicle is checked before entering the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court

Samuel Brownback, US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, talks to members of the media outside the prison complex Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed pastor Andrew Craig Brunson appeared on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. The american pastor accused of ties to terror groups and spying in Turkey went on trial on Monday, in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson, 50, a US evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup that year. He has denied all allegations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson, 50, a US evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup that year. He has denied all allegations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A convoy of U.S. diplomatic vehicles is driven to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson, 50, a US evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup that year. He has denied all allegations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson, 50, a U.S. evangelical pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup that year. He has denied all allegations. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A members of Turkish forces guards the entrance to the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Ismail Cem Halavurt, the lawyer of jailed Andrew Craig Brunson who served as the pastor in Izmir, western Turkey, arrives at the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where his client is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A U.S. diplomatic vehicle is checked before entering the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed US pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Members of Turkish forces guard the prison complex in Aliaga, Izmir province, western Turkey, where jailed U.S. pastor Andrew Craig Brunson is held and is appearing on his trial at a court inside the complex, Monday, April 16, 2018. Brunson is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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