US pastor imprisoned on espionage charges in Turkey put under house arrest – report

A US pastor imprisoned for nearly two years on terror and espionage charges will be put under house arrest as his trial continues, Anadolu news agency reported Wednesday. Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina will continue to be remanded at his house, AP said. Brunson, who was arrested in December 2016, faces up to 15 years in prison for “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups” and an additional 20 years for espionage. Turkish authorities have accused Brunson of links to outlawed Kurdish militants and the network of a US-based Muslim cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt. The pastor strongly denies the charges.