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US pastor on trial in Turkey for terror links

AP  |  Aliaga(Turkey) 

An American pastor is going on trial in accused of ties to terror groups and spying, in a case that has strained ties between and the

Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage."

The trial begins today in Aliaga, a town in

Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both outlawed Kurdish rebels and a network led by US-based Muslim Fethullah Gulen, blamed by Turkey for a failed military coup that year.

Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, rejects the accusations. has demanded his release.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 13:40 IST