May 13 2018

US needs to desperately get back jailed pastor in Turkey - Pompeo

Trump administration is determined to bring American prisoners held in other countries back to the United States and needs to get back Pastor Brunson in Turkey, the Secretary of State Mice Pompeo said, during an interview on CBS on Sunday. 

“First, everyone should know that this administration is intent on bringing home every American who is held anywhere in the world. We’ve got Pastor Brunson in Turkey that we desperately need to get back,” said Pompeo when he was asked about three detainees recently released by North Korea and four Americans held in Iran, according to the press release of the State Department. 

American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been living in Turkey for two decades, is charged with membership of both the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government has labelled the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed Kurdish group fighting Turkey since 1984. If convicted, Brunson could face up to 35 years in jail.

A secret witness in the second hearing of the case against U.S. pastor on May 7 claimed that the pastor helped Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants and hoped to create a Christian Kurdish state, pro-government.