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Home after 21 months, but US pastor Andrew Brunson now can’t leave house till October trial


Pastor Andrew Brunson released from Turkish prison and put under house arrest

A crowd of Turkish Christians from Andrew Brunson’s Izmir Resurrection Church greeted their pastor with cries of “We love you, Andrew!” as he arrived home under police escort on Wednesday afternoon, 25 July.

(World Watch Monitor) After nearly 22 months in detention, Brunson was released at 5.30pm from Izmir’s Kiriklar maximum security prison and transferred to house arrest following a court order responding to his lawyer’s appeal, which cited health reasons.

However, the pastor will now not be allowed to leave the confines of his home until his next hearing, scheduled for 12 October.

Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, has been on trial for terrorism and spying charges – of having links with the Fethullah Gülen movement, which the Ankara government blames for the failed July 2016 coup attempt, and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Last week the Second High Penal Court in the western province of İzmir rejected an appeal to release him in its latest hearing, 18 July, and decided to continue listening to the testimonies of witnesses in the next hearing. Western observers in the court told World Watch Monitor there was not one piece of evidence so far produced to indicate the pastor is guilty of any crime, and that his trial is for political expediency. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants Gülen to be extradited back to Turkey (the cleric is currently living in the US) to stand trial for the 2016 coup.

Brunson was detained nearly two years ago, in October 2016, and faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty. The pastor has completely denied all the charges, calling them “shameful and disgusting”.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga, who attended the hearing in Aliağa, near Izmir, welcomed his release from prison but said more needed to be done.

“This is welcome news,” she said. “It is good that Pastor Brunson will have some relief after being held in a Turkish prison for more than 600 days. But it is not enough. The Turkish government has deprived this innocent man of his due process rights and liberty for too long, and it must completely release him. If it fails to do so, the Trump Administration and the Congress should respond strongly and swiftly with targeted sanctions against the authorities responsible.”—

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3 Comments

  1. All glory and honor to God! Erdogan is a bully dictator, but he may have met his match in DJT. Recall the Otto Wambeer situation with N. Korea. His death after only a few days back in the US made a big impact on Trump. So I imagine that Trump representatives, beside all the public statements, gave Erdogan a stern private message that nothing had better happen to Pastor Brunson while he was in prison. Erdogan wisely did the right thing. Now it’s all about him saving face and protecting his holllow Image. Turkey has aligned itself more and more with Russia and Iran and Erdogan has an unnatural hatred for Israel and Jews. As he makes Islam a larger part of Turkey’s identity, compared to his recent predecessors, Christians are being targeted for discrimination and oppression along with Jews. Europe is still hopeful that Turkey will be a valuable ally. But when it comes to making a choice, Turkey will not be with the West or US as long as we support Israel. But they will take more billions to supposedly help Europe manage their refugee problem.

  2. Mary says:

    Thanks for news and clip I am praying 🙏 Health! All petitions Mary Ptl Gby all

  3. Kristi Ann says:

    I will Prayer for his and his family!! “Pray Without Ceasing.” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV )!!

    Love ❤ Always and Shalom, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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