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"We think we can debunk these claims tomorrow", Brunson's lawyer said.

Brunson has been indicted on charges of assisting the band which Turkey retains in charge of the failed coup from President Tayyip Erdogan.

Brunson is also accused of having ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party - a militant group that both Turkey and the United States consider a terrorist organization - and revealing state secrets.

Ismail Cem Halavurt, attorney of this condemned pastor Andrew Brunson, discussions through an interview with Reuters in Izmir, Turkey April 1-5, 2018.

Turkey has also been at loggerheads with Washington over US support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara considers a terrorist organization linked to Kurdish militants waging a decades-long insurgency in Turkish soil.

He was arrested in the aftermath of a failed military coup in 2016, for alleged links to both the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, and a network led by US -based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed by Turkey for the coup attempt.

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"You give him to us and we'll give you this one", he said, referring to Brunson. Gulen has denied any link to the coup attempt in which more than 240 people were killed.

The Izmir prosecutor's office said that sufficient evidence had been obtained to charge Brunson with aiding armed terrorist organisations and obtaining confidential government information for political and military espionage. The prosecution is trying to find a jail sentence of upto 35 decades.

"We do not have a united policy with the United States on the YPG issue, and Turkey's stance has not changed".

Furnari said she isn't sure why her father was arrested. &ldquoWe desire Brunson to become freed instantly.

At the Resurrection Church in Izmir, the congregation prayed on Sunday for Brunson, and his wife Norine read out a message in which he talked of the darkness and silence of his detention. He signed away it: "Your brother Andrew, imprisoned for God".

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