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World Trump calls for release of jailed pastor in Turkey

06:21  18 april  2018
06:21  18 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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President Trump on Tuesday called on Turkey to release an American pastor being held prisoner there, arguing that “I am more a Spy than he is.”

However, President Trump demanded his immediate release , or Turkey , a Nato ally, would face "large sanctions". The Turkish foreign ministry called the US He is a long-term resident in Turkey . He lived with his wife and three children while working as the pastor of the small Izmir Resurrection Church

This undated photo made available by the Dogan News Agency on March 13, 2018 shows Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, in Izmir.© STR/AFP/Getty Images This undated photo made available by the Dogan News Agency on March 13, 2018 shows Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, in Izmir. President Trump on Tuesday called on Turkey to release an American pastor being held prisoner there, arguing that "I am more a Spy than he is."

"Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason," Trump tweeted.

"They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is. Hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!" he added.

Brunson has been working in Turkey for 23 years as leader of the Resurrection Church.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump are posing for a picture© Provided by The Hill

On Monday, a Turkish court rejected Brunson's appeal to be released and ordered he remain jailed for another month. He was detained 18 months ago for an alleged connection to a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016, The New York Times reported.

He is accused of aiding the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which opposes Erdogan and the ruling party, and of having a connection to Fethullah Gulen, an Islamist preacher who Turkey claims orchestrated the coup attempt.

He has denied the allegations.

Trump, Vice President Pence and other U.S. officials have lobbied Turkish officials to release Brunson, arguing he has been wrongfully imprisoned, the Times reported.

Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. should look at its own actions if it wants jailed pastor freed .
President Tayyip Erdogan said the United States should look at its own actions if it wants the return of an American Christian pastor who has been jailed in Turkey for suspected links to a 2016 failed coup. © REUTERS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara Erdogan made the comment in a live interview with broadcaster NTV.

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