Andrew Brunson’s lawyer filed an appeal on Wednesday to Turkey’s highest court requesting his client be released from house arrest, Reuters reported.
Mr. Brunson’s next court date is on October 12th, and he’s been under arrest for over a year.
The American evangelical pastor’s plight has sparked a tense economic relationship between two NATO allies, with the U.S. slapping sanctions on top Turkish officials in response to the arrest.
Mr. Brunson was arrested on terrorism charges after the Turkish government accused him of being involved with the attempted coup in 2016, but the U.S. denies the accusation.
The Trump administration has repeatedly called for Mr. Brunson’s release.
A total disgrace that Turkey will not release a respected U.S. Pastor, Andrew Brunson, from prison. He has been held hostage far too long. @RT_Erdogan should do something to free this wonderful Christian husband & father. He has done nothing wrong, and his family needs him!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018