Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he is not in a position to intervene with the judiciary since his country is a constitutional state, a statement that comes as Washington continues to urge Ankara to release the detained American pastor Andrew Brunson.
According to Daily Hurriyet, Erdogan was commenting on the Brunson case after his trial worsened the ties between US and Turkey to un unprecedented level.
Erdogan told a group of journalists on Tuesday October 9th that Turkey is a country of law and court decisions are binding for everyone.
Brunson is under house arrest on charges of terrorism after spending more than a year in prison in the Aegean province of Izmir. Meanwhile, the next hearing of his trial is due to be held on October 12th.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on September 24th he was hopeful Brunson would be freed.
Washington imposed sanctions against Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on August 1st over the Brunson case. US President Donald Trump confirmed that he has doubled tariffs on Turkish aluminium and steel over the detention of the pastor, while Ankara has responded with reciprocal measures.