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Pastor Andrew Bunson is preparing to head into the courtroom in Turkey once again. He's been in custody since 2016 when he was arrested and charged with terrorism and espionage. 

Mission Network News (MNN) and many other organizations say that no evidence has been presented after two years. "The only things Brunson has going against him are that he is an American and a Christian."

Brunson is from the United States. Politicians and bureaucrats from that country have been petitioning the Turkish government to release Brunson. President Donald Trump also doubled tariffs on imported Turkish goods and sanctioned Turkish officials in August to penalize the country for Brunson's detainment.

Some are hopeful that Brunson may now be released at tomorrow's court appearance.

Miles Windsor with Middle East Concern told MNN that it's hard to guess the outcome.

“I know the Secretary of State has mentioned that he is optimistic that Andrew will be released at that point. We hope that that’s the case, we are praying that that’s the case, but it is I think very difficult to say what will happen at that hearing. Turkey is a very unpredictable country in terms of the way its leadership responds to these situations and to discussions.”

Windsor tells MNN that, "It is a situation which is undoubtedly linked to his faith and his work as a Christian in the country. However, it is also very much about a much bigger picture of political relations between the US and Turkey. So I doubt what we are going to see is a situation in which these kinds of cases are going to be happening across the country with many Turkish national Christians.”

For their part, the Brunson family has asked believers to pray. Specifically, that they would be a good witness to God's love and goodness.

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