BLACKMAIL: Erdogan wants more from Trump before Turkey will free pastor

Defying expectations, a Turkish court rebuffed appeals today to free Andrew Brunson, the US evangelical pastor whose trial on bogus terror charges has become a litmus test for turbulent ties between Turkey and the United States. The trial was adjourned until Oct. 12. The North Carolina pastor has been charged with espionage and links to coup plotters and Kurdish militants and could face up to 35 years if convicted. Brunson continued to deny any wrongdoing in his third courtroom hearing, amid a string of wild assertions from witnesses for the prosecution. “I am an innocent man on all these charges. I reject them. I know why I am here. I am here to suffer in Jesus’ name,” Brunson said. Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/07/andrew-brunson-remains-prison-turkey.html#ixzz5Lqm6HEK6