Evangelist David Byle Arrested in Turkey and Ordered to Leave the Country Within 15 Days

Evangelist David Byle has been arrested and ordered to leave Turkey just days after missionary Andrew Brunson was released.

Marcus Jones, writing for Premier Radio in the United Kingdom, reports that evangelist David Byle, who is a joint US and Canadian citizen, was stopped at Ankara train station and taken to anti-terror police for interrogation.

Byle was detained overnight but released with an order to leave the country within 15 days.

The evangelist has served in Turkey for 18 years and has been threatened with deportation on a number of occasions due to his mission work. He’s previously been arrested several times while conducting street evangelism.

While evangelism is legal in Turkey, Premier Radio says police accused him of disturbing the peace and insulting Islam.

Following the detention of Andrew Brunson, Byle has been advised to legally contest the deportation order but also to leave within the fifteen days.

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SOURCE: Assist News, Michael Ireland