Skip to comments.Turkish prosecutor seeks life sentence for jailed American Pastor Andrew Brunson
Posted on 03/14/2018 7:31:44 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
A Turkish prosecutor is demanding a life sentence for American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained since Oct. 7, 2016 over his alleged links with an armed terrorist organization.
Brunson, who has formally led Izmir Resurrection Church for over 22 years, has been charged with being a "member and executive of the terrorist group" accused of being behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey last year.
According to Al-Monitor, Turkey has blamed U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen for the coup attempt, and the government has been demanding his extradition.
However, the U.S. has refused to hand over the cleric, who is now living in Pennsylvania, on the grounds that Turkey has not provided enough evidence to prove its claims against him.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a statement condemning the new indictment against Brunson and called on President Donald Trump and members of his administration to "redouble their ongoing efforts to secure Pastor Brunson's release."
"No stone should be left unturned in our efforts on behalf of this unjustly imprisoned American. We call again for his immediate release and, if this is not forthcoming, for the administration and Congress to impose targeted sanctions against those involved in this miscarriage of justice," said USCIRF Vice Chairs Sandra Jolley and Kristina Arriaga.
On Friday, Brunson's daughter, Jacqueline, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying the allegations against her father was 'absurd" and that he had been wrongfully imprisoned.
"Turkey should not get away with holding my father one more day," she said, urging the U.N. to do what it can to help him be released.
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He threatens to attack multiple NATO members and brings charges of life in Turkish prison for Pastor Brunson. Who has long been help in prison as bargaining tool.
There is no law in Turkey except what Erdogan the Islamist decrees. There is no Justice (Adalet) in Turkey.
Remember, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, just returned from trip to Turkey to overcome our differences. He was fired before he arrived back in the US.
A writer friend of mine Tweeted a link to an article in Hurriyet (Turk state approved newspaper) about this, and the comments to that were blocked by Twitter.
Signs of where we really are.
Trump takes out a few tanks. Quiet discussions start. Problem solved.
Its just a question of time before the West is at war with Turkey. A rapidly growing axis of evil.
Then fund the Kurds so that they are in need of nothing.
It will be the US or it will be an internal war in Turkey.
Erdogan along with Qattar money are hell bent on bringing open conflict.
SDF (Kurds) have already taken out over 40 tanks.
Issue is air strikes.
Few stingers? I think Turk taste for this will evaporate.
Or if Russia will close airspace same but better result.
Unfortunately this is a deal with all the neighborhood.
I like how you think.
The people there just like in Iran will have to rise up
Ataturk specifically forbade Islam from guvmint
We shall see
Sounds like a plan!
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