A Turkish court has ordered U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson to remain in jail on terror charges. The ruling came in the face of intense lobbying by Washington for the pastor’s release and is likely to ratchet up bilateral tensions between the NATO allies.

The judge ruled the next hearing in the case would be on October 12. Brunson, waving to supporters, said only thank you. It is the third time the court has rejected his plea for release. Brunson has been held for nearly two years.

Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, Philip Kosnett, U.S. charge d’affaires in Turkey, expressed disappointment with the decision.

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