Turkish Court Rejects Appeal to Free Detained U.S. Pastor
Turkish Court Rejects Appeal to Free Detained U.S. Pastor
The Turkish government has been scrambling to minimise the impact of the devaluation of the lira
15 August, 2018, 20:00
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country will boycott USA electronic products, after Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Ankara. Showing no signs of backing down in the standoff, Erdogan suggested that Turkey would stop procuring US-made iPhones and buy Korean Samsung or Turkish-made Vestel instead.
In this Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, holds Turkish citizen Vezir Cakras by the hand while speaking on his mobile phone inside his auto in Istanbul. It recovered a bit, by four per cent to around 6.12 lira per USA dollar Wednesday, after the government took steps to shore up the currency by reducing the daily limit in bank foreign currency swap transactions.
President Erdoğan said Tuesday that Turkey will impose a boycott against USA electronic products amid an ongoing and deepening rift between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over a number of issues.
On Tuesday, a White House official quoted by the Reuters news agency hinted at further economic measures against Turkey if Brunson was not released.
But in a televised speech on Tuesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn't want to be reminded of that while announcing a move to shun United States electronic goods in the future. Erdogan's government has blamed followers of the cleric Gulen for an unsuccessful 2016 coup, leading to a purge of thousands of people from Turkey's civil service, police, military and media and educational institutions, with many of them jailed.
His detention has fractured relations with Washington, with U.S. President Donald Trump bringing in a raft tariffs for Turkey in punitive actions against Ankara's refusal to release Brunson. "The administration is going to stay extremely firm on this", the official said. "And now we will support him with our goods". See if you can take her iPhone away.
The business groups also urged diplomatic efforts with the United States and an improvement in relations with the European Union, which is Turkey's major trading partner. On Tuesday, one dollar was worth 7.2 lira.
"If we postpone our investments, if we convert our currency to foreign exchange because there's danger, then we will have given in to the enemy", he said. Trump's top national security aide warned Turkey's ambassador on Monday that the USA has nothing further to negotiate until Brunson is freed, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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This comes after defense attorneys for pastor Andrew Brunson renewed an appeal on Tuesday, ordering the Turkish government to release their client from house arrest and lift his travel ban.
A higher Turkish court was still considering the appeal and Brunson's lawyer, Ismail Cem Halavurt, told CBS News on Wednesday that he would not consider the appeal formally rejected until the higher court issues it's ruling.
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That is an unsubtle plea for the courts to end the U.S. -Turkey standoff by taking the Brunson decision out of Erdogan's hands. Neither the White House , Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor Apple immediately responded to a request for comment.
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