Pastor Andrew Brunson Meets, Blesses President Trump in the Oval Office
A Turkish court convicted an American pastor at the center of a Turkish-American diplomatic dispute of terror charges Friday, but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, he left in a jet sent for him by President Trump, flew to Germany then to Washington for a meeting with our President in the Oval Office Saturday.
The court near the western city of Izmir on Friday sentenced the Rev. Andrew Brunson, 50 anni, to 3 years and 1 month in prison for the conviction, but since the evangelical pastor has already spent 2 years in detention he will not serve more time.
Rev. Brunson had rejected the espionage and terror-related charges and strongly maintained
Word of his release became public around the time President Donald Trump issued a 1-sentence tweet: “Working very hard on Pastor Brunson!”
President Trump followed up with another message on Twitter minutes later: “My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Brunson, and we hope to have him safely back home soon!”
Minutes later, Trump cheered Brunson’s release: “PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!”
Pastor Andrew Brunson faced up to 35 years in jail if convicted.
Pastor Brunson lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, he ejects the charges and strongly maintains his innocence. He is one of thousands caught up in a wide-scale government crackdown that followed a failed coup against the Turkish government in July 2016.
Prosecutors accuse Rev. Brunson of committing crimes on behalf of terror groups, linking him to outlawed Kurdish militants and a network led by a US-based Turkish cleric who is accused of orchestrating the coup attempt. The US maintained he was held unjustly and has repeatedly called for his release.
William Devlin, an evangelical pastor from New York spoke to reporters outside the prison, saying hundreds of thousands of Christians are praying for Brunson’s release, and he was released.
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