By: Lexy | 10-13-2018 | News
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Andrew Brunson, American Pastor Detained In Turkey, Is Freed And On His Way Home

Andrew Brunson is an American pastor who was imprisoned and then placed under house arrest in Turkey. Brunson was accused of alleged ties to an outlawed group.

Brunson was ordered released on Friday, by a Turkish court, and sentenced to time served. This, ending a diplomatic dispute between Washington and the Turkish government. The court dropped espionage charges against Brunson, who faced up to 35 years in jail if convicted of all the charges against him.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1050754462405537798?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Lauren Brunson, Pastor Brunson’s Sister: “I really don’t believe we’d be here today without the administration that we have in place now, working so hard and so tirelessly to bring Andrew home.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Lauren Brunson, Pastor Brunson’s Sister: “I really don’t believe we’d be here today without the administration that we have in place now, working so hard and so tirelessly to bring Andrew home.” <a href="https://t.co/bAiet7Uhg2">https://t.co/bAiet7Uhg2</a> <a href="https://t.co/gHmPBk4grP">pic.twitter.com/gHmPBk4grP</a></p>&mdash; Fox News (@FoxNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/1051019964654608384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The 50-year-old pastor was targeted by Turkey as part of a government crackdown following a failed coup. Brunson was sentenced to three years and one month in prison for the conviction.

“This is the day our family has been praying for – I am delighted to be on my way home to the United States," Brunson said in a statement.

Brunson’s fourth hearing on Friday at a prison complex in Izmir, he told the courtroom he's "an innocent man."

“I love Jesus. I love Turkey,” Brunson said, according to the Associated Press. Witnesses said he wept as the verdict was announced.

Prosecutors had accused Brunson of acting on behalf of terror groups and linking him to Kurdish militants and a network led by U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who is accused of orchestrating the 2016 coup attempt.

Brunson, from North Carolina, led a small congregation in the Izmir Resurrection Church. He has maintained his innocence.

Friday, at his hearing, Brunson again denied accusations that his church aided Kurdish militants. Brunson said he handed over to authorities a list of Syrian refugees the congregation had helped.

"We helped everyone, Kurds, Arabs, without showing any discrimination," Brunson said, according to the AP.

Brunson was arrested and detained for 18 months before being charged with a connection to the coup attempt.

U.S. officials refuted the accusations against Brunson, and with mounting pressure from American politicians, Brunson was removed from prison and placed on house arrest in July.

The Trump administration advocated persistently for Brunson's release, slapping sanctions on an array of Turkish officials and on some goods, sending Turkish currency into freefall.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thrilled that Pastor Brunson is on his way home! <a href="https://t.co/XRVeJFfm1q">https://t.co/XRVeJFfm1q</a></p>&mdash; Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) <a href="https://twitter.com/RandPaul/status/1050918038432813057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

President Trump drew loud cheers at a rally on Friday evening when he announced that Pastor Andrew Brunson was heading home.

“We bring a lot of people back,” the president told the crowd, apparently referencing the release of Brunson, the three American hostages from North Korea in May, and don’t forget, Trump also won the release of three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China last November.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a>: &quot;I&#39;m really proud to report that earlier today we secured the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey.&quot; <a href="https://t.co/pRnzGflSaF">https://t.co/pRnzGflSaF</a> <a href="https://t.co/NfhSi8hYj8">pic.twitter.com/NfhSi8hYj8</a></p>&mdash; Fox News (@FoxNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/1050892034511392768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

[email protected] on release of Pastor Brunson from Turkey: "He suffered greatly, but we're very appreciative to a lot of people."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a> on release of Pastor Brunson from Turkey: &quot;He suffered greatly, but we&#39;re very appreciative to a lot of people.&quot; <a href="https://t.co/pRnzGfDt2d">https://t.co/pRnzGfDt2d</a> <a href="https://t.co/IHojUUP7FL">pic.twitter.com/IHojUUP7FL</a></p>&mdash; Fox News (@FoxNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/1051061232810094592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

“[Pastor Brunson] is the 17th American by my count that President Trump has freed from foreign captivity”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“[Pastor Brunson] is the 17th American by my count that President Trump has freed from foreign captivity” – Marc Thiessen (via <a href="https://twitter.com/SpecialReport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SpecialReport</a>) <a href="https://t.co/3v1JXSlCJh">pic.twitter.com/3v1JXSlCJh</a></p>&mdash; FOX &amp; friends (@foxandfriends) <a href="https://twitter.com/foxandfriends/status/1051062491378327553?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

President Trump Rocks!

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6 Comment/s
Cody No. 39272 2018-10-13 : 12:38

Thank you for the thorough article Lexy. It’s amazing how President Trump keeps bringing people back home when those who preceded him didn’t.

Not2far2right No. 39274 2018-10-13 : 13:19

Great article Lexy. It’s so easy to forget how many people President Trump has brought home from tough situations in other countries.

Jo No. 39286 2018-10-13 : 16:27

President Trump puts our other Presidents to shame. He is the Best! Great article. Happy to see some good news!

Anonymous No. 39288 2018-10-13 : 16:50

An did not take even a check in mail, unlike Obama and his plane loads of / $$$$$$$.

Anonymous No. 39327 2018-10-14 : 04:34

I think most Americans (and to some degree, myself included) have forgotten what LEADERSHIP looks like. MAGA.

Anonymous No. 39328 2018-10-14 : 05:35

>> 39327 Amazing isn't it/ Trump made step back from the entire sordid affair and use some common sense. God bless Donald Trump.

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