By Steve Dellar   |  04-23-2018   News
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The case of Mr Andrew Brunson, the Christian pastor who lived in Turkey for more than two decades and was jailed on charges of helping the Gülen network, continues to stir emotions as it became known that 66 US senators signed a letter demanding the Turkish authorities release Mr Brunson.

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So far, Turkish President Erdogan is however not budging. Via his ministries, he has floated a trade of Pastor Brunson for Fethullah Gülen (the exiled Islamic preacher living in Pennsylvania who the Turkish authorities blame for the coup attempt).

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congress set to sanction Turkey over jailed U.S. pastor. <br><br>President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have called attention to Brunson’s plight.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThanksTrump?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThanksTrump</a>‼️<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MondayMotivation?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MondayMotivation</a> <br> <a href="https://t.co/jncAdzB4fs">https://t.co/jncAdzB4fs</a></p>&mdash; Arch Kennedy (@ArchKennedy) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArchKennedy/status/988213840805580800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The letter, led by Republican Senator Thom Tillis, representing Mr Brunson's home state of North Carolina, claims that the said the US Senate backs the efforts to strengthen cooperation between U.S. and Turkish law enforcement.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In a bipartisan effort, 66 US Senators have signed a letter condemning <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Turkey?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Turkey</a> and their actions against innocent American <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PastorAndrew?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PastorAndrew</a> Brunson. Your voice is making waves. Don&#39;t stop now. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JayLive?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JayLive</a> <a href="https://t.co/cn6Gt8lGxS">pic.twitter.com/cn6Gt8lGxS</a></p>&mdash; Jay Sekulow (@JaySekulow) <a href="https://twitter.com/JaySekulow/status/987368697407909888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"The United States Government, and millions of Americans deeply concerned by the Brunson case, have been patient, in the hope that justice would be done and Pastor Brunson would be reunited with his family.”

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Andrew Brunson is a pastor who’s been wrongfully detained in Turkey for a year-and-a-half. I join <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a>, the people of North Carolina &amp; the people of America to say: it’s time for Turkey to send Pastor Andrew Brunson home! <a href="https://t.co/9iKR5R0Zr8">pic.twitter.com/9iKR5R0Zr8</a></p>&mdash; Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) <a href="https://twitter.com/VP/status/987450120072585216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"However, we are deeply disturbed that the Turkish government has gone beyond legitimate action against the coup plotters to undermine Turkey's own rule of law and democratic traditions."

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If found guilty of the charges, Mr Brunson could be jailed for 35 years imprisonment.

Source:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/66-us-senators-sign-letter-calling-on-turkey-to-release-jailed-pastor-130662

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