Tag: Andrew Brunson

Family: Turkey Holding North Carolina Pastor Prisoner for Being a Christian

Turkey Responds to Trump Pressure: Arrest of Christian U.S. Pastor ‘Legal’

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry responded Thursday to President Donald Trump’s characterization on Twitter of the arrest of American Pastor Andrew Brunson as a “total disgrace,” insisting that his prolonged detention is a “legal process” necessary for the country’s national security.

Andrew Brunson, who ran a church in the western city of Izmir, was detained by the Turkish authorities in October 2016

Turkey May Face U.S. Sanctions over Imprisoned American Pastor

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, two U.S. Secretaries of State, and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) pressed Turkish officials this week to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been in prison since October 2017 for allegedly aiding terrorists.

Andrew Brunson

Turkey Will Keep U.S. Christian Pastor in Prison Until at Least July

An American pastor facing 35 years in prison in Turkey for alleged ties to terrorist groups will not have a chance to leave prison until his next hearing on July 18, the court presiding over his case decided on Monday after dismissing all witnesses assembled to defend the pastor without listening to their testimony.

The trial of American pastor Andrew Brunson on charges of terror links and spying -- which he rejects -- resumed Monday under heavy security in the Turkish town of Aliaga

Turkish Judge Dismisses Witnesses for American Pastor on Trial for Terrorism Ties

The resumption of the trail in a Turkish Court on Monday where an American pastor faces 35 years in prison for his alleged ties to terrorism ended after one day, with the judge dismissing all of the witness testimony in support of Andrew Brunson and left him behind bars until the next hearing in July.

Family: Turkey Holding North Carolina Pastor Prisoner for Being a Christian

Turkey: Erdogan Admits U.S. Pastor Detained as Hostage to Trade for Gulen

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered to free American pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned for allegedly spreading both pro-Kurdish propaganda and supporting Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen despite being a Christian, in exchange for Gulen himself on Thursday.