US pastor denies allegations of coup links as Turkey trial begins

Andrew Brunson has denied involvement in illegal activities. — Dogan/AFP pic
Andrew Brunson has denied involvement in illegal activities. — Dogan/AFP pic

IZMIR, April 16 — A US pastor denied allegations of links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in Turkey today as he went on trial in a case that has fuelled strains in relations between Ankara and Washington.

“I do not accept the charges mentioned in the indictment. I was never involved in any illegal activities,” Andrew Brunson, speaking in Turkish, told the court in the western Turkish province of Izmir. — Reuters

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