American Pastor Imprisoned In Turkey Calls on Trump to Fight for His Release

An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey on trumped-up terrorism charges, Andrew Brunson, is calling on President Donald Trump and his administration to “fight” for him and secure his release.

Brunson, a Presbyterian from North Carolina who led a church in Izmir and served in Turkey for 23 years, was arrested along with his wife, Norine, last October. Although Norine was released later that month, Brunson was charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” and remains in prison. Brunson’s lawyers at the American Center for Law and Justice have said the Turkish government is refusing to release any evidence supporting their allegation.

U.S. Embassy officials met with Brunson in prison on Tuesday. According to the ACLJ, Brunson delivered a powerful statement.

“Will the Turkish government face no consequence for stubbornly continuing to hold an American citizen as a political prisoner? Even though I have a long public track record as a church pastor, they falsely accuse me of being a member of an Islamist terrorist group,” Brunson said. “I have been imprisoned since October 7, 2016. During this time the Turkish government has produced no proof and has rebuffed numerous attempts by the American government to secure my return to the United States. In fact they are treating the U.S. government with contempt and paying no price for it.”

Brunson continued: “I plead with my government — with the Trump Administration — to fight for me.”

“I ask the State Department to impose sanctions. I appeal to President Trump: please help me,” he added. “Let the Turkish government know that you will not cooperate with them in any way until they release me. Please do not leave me here in prison.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith