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US missionary arrested in Turkey days after Brunson release

Middle East and North Africa

US missionary arrested in Turkey days after Brunson release

David Byle. Photo credit: Mission Network News, https://www.mnnonline

Turkish authorities arrested another American Christian worker on 13 October, days after Andrew Brunson’s release.

David Byle, who has lived for the past 18 years in Turkey was arrested on 13 October during a routine ID check at an Ankara train station.

After interrogation, David was released and ordered to leave the country within 15 days by Turkish officials. He has previously been arrested on three occasions.

He was stopped and detained by officials hours after the widely reported high-profile release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from house arrest in Turkey on 12 October.

David Byle was first arrested in 2007 when police accused him of “missionary activity, disturbing the police, and insulting Islam.” The charges were dropped, but he was arrested again in 2009 and 2016.

At the time of writing it is not known if David has left Turkey.