Turkey Looks to Speed Up Trial of U.S. Christian Pastor Andrew Brunson

A Turkish judge sent Rev. Andrew Brunson to prison in Izmir Dec. 9, 64 days after the U.S. pastor and his wife, Norine, were detained on Oct. 7 under Interior Ministry deportation orders. (Courtesy)

The Turkish government will look to speed up the trial of American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been imprisoned over alleged links with a terror organization despite no evidence being presented, his attorneys said.

“What we can do at this stage is accelerate the trial,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim apparently said last week, while answering questions from American journalists.

“As you will appreciate, judiciary matters are not directly controlled by us.”

The American Center for Law and Justice, which delivered an oral intervention at the United Nations in support of Brunson, said that international pressure is increasing on the Turkish government.

“Our global legal advocacy campaign is beginning to put significant pressure on Turkey. But now is the time to ramp up that pressure,” ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said.

“Pastor Andrew should not even be forced to face a trial. He has done nothing wrong. Turkey has produced no evidence against him. He is wrongfully being held for his Christian faith. He should be released immediately and allowed to return home to his family in America.”

Brunson, who led a Protestant church in Izmir and served the people of Turkey for 23 years, was arrested along with his wife, Norine, in October, supposedly for having links to a terror organization.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov