Good news on Brunson coming in “days or weeks” – Pompeo
Positive developments for Andrew Brunson, the U.S. Pastor jailed on terror charges in Turkey, are likely in the near future, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody in an interview on Jul. 19.
“Pastor Brunson’s case is very much a focus of the team that I lead here at the State Department, and we’re optimistic that in the days and weeks ahead we’ll get a good outcome for Pastor Brunson, his family, and frankly for many of those that are held in places around the world,” Pompeo told Brady.
The interview came shortly after a Turkish court refused to release Brunson, who has been held in custody since shortly after a coup attempt in Jul. 2016 on terror-related charges seen by many as specious.
U.S. President Donald Trump has personally intervened to call for the release of Brunson, who has become a cause for bipartisan activists in the U.S. congress calling for sanctions on Turkey as a response to the pastor’s imprisonment.
The pastor’s imprisonment has become a particularly significant issue for Christian conservatives in the United States, and Pompeo’s public responses to questions on Brunson have characterised Turkey’s treatment of the evangelical preacher to an attack on religious freedom.