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An innocent American pastor, Andrew Brunson, has been falsely accused of "membership in an armed terrorist organization and political/military espionage" Even worse - he's now a hostage of the Turkish government.
Pastor Andrew Brunson
is a Christian pastor serving in Turkey for the past 23 years.
While he is a U.S. citizen from Black Mountain, North Carolina, he raised his family in Turkey and dedicated his life to the people in that country.
When he was summoned to the local police station one day, he was unexpectedly detained because he was falsely accused of being a "threat to national security."
Pastor Andrew's first appeal was denied.
HE HAD BEEN HELD WITHOUT CHARGES WITHOUT ACCESS TO AN ATTORNEY.
Shortly thereafter, Pastor Andrew was allowed a visit with family. During that visit, Pastor Andrew indicated that - while he’d been stripped of his personal Bible - he was allowed to have a New Testament.
In February 2017, we submitted a written statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council requesting their assistance in securing Pastor Andrew's release.
After we petitioned Congress for help, Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the President of Turkey requesting Pastor Andrew's immediate release.
Members of the house
Signed the letter
On February 16, 2017 we sent a letter to the Secretary of State, advocating for Pastor Andrew's freedom.
Pastor Andrew delivered a statement to U.S. embassy officials - who were able to meet with him in the prison - and plead:
Please do not leave me here in prison.
Pastor Andrew's wife meets with the Secretary of State while he's in Turkey, again advocating for her husband's release. She later receives a letter from Vice President Pence, in which he assures her he's taken a
"deep, personal" interest in Pastor Andrew's freedom because of our public outcry.
Both the President and Vice President raised Pastor Brunson's case three times with Turkey's President.
The Secretary of State later declared that the "U.S. continues to advocate for the pastor's release."
October 2017 marked one year of false imprisonment for American Pastor Andrew Brunson. Dangerously, he has become a hostage at the hands of the Turkish government, with Turkey's President demanding a political enemy's extradition in exchange for the pastor's release.
On March 19th, the prosecutor falsely charged Pastor Brunson with trumped up charges including membership in an armed terrorist organization and political and military espionage in a 62-page indictment wholly lacking any merit.
He has now been moved from his prison cell to his house in Turkey as his trial continues, but he must be allowed to come home to America. We're representing Pastor Andrew's family, aggressively working globally for his ultimate freedom.
600,498people have signed our petition for pastor andrew.
There are tens of thousands of signatures from 194 nations and territories across the globe for his freedom. We must stand with one voice and demand this innocent American citizen - a Christian pastor - be immediately released and returned home to America.
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