>> We're here for Pastor Brunson just to pray and to be a presence here, so.>> The second hearing in a Turkish court for US pastor, Andrew Brunson. He faces up to 35 years in jail, telling the court Monday that terrorism and spying charges against him are shameful and disgusting.
In a case that's caught the eye of President Donald Trump, tweeting his support for the pastor, saying, he was on trial in Turkey for no reason. The Christian pastor from North Carolina has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, and has been behind bars pending trial since 2016.
He's the pastor at this church in Izmir, serving a small Protestant congregation in Turkey's third largest city. Brunson claims apart from setting up a church, he was helping Syrian refugees. Turkey accused him of being linked to Fethullah Gulen's network, accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in Turkey, and the outlawed Kurdish militant group the PKK.
Critics accuse Turkey of hostage diplomacy, and using the pastor as a political pawn. He is one of several legal cases straining US-Turkish relations. Turkey's President suggested last year Brunson's fate could be linked to that of Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan has repeatedly demanded the US extradite him.>>