BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said there were ‘no new news’ on the release of US Pastor Andrew Brunson, speaking from Washington DC on Tuesday, but assured that ‘conversations continue’ with Turkey.

“We hope to have him brought back very soon,” said Nauert, “We have long said that that is long overdue. We look forward to that taking place.”

Nauert also confirmed that US diplomat Jeffrey Hovenier met with Brunson during the day, but did not go into detail of the contents of the meeting.

The pastor was arrested two years ago over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdish PKK party and to the Fetullah Gulen movement, which Turkey claims was behind the 2016 attempted coup.

 

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No claims of his innocence? Oh, he’s a pastor and above crime? Or is his detention just ‘illegal’? No matter, the US gov will go to the mat for him! Don’t get your hopes up Donald, tweet some more BS and see if you can escalate this even more. Well, turnabout is fair play, right? What about the half-dozen Russian citizens kidnapped overseas and brought to the US for prosecution? They’re still there, right? How many international laws did that violate? How much good did it do Russia to quote law violations committed? Does the US give a $hit about… Read more »

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PKK and Gulen at the same time! Wow, a Pastor with about 25 congregants in his little church in Izmir! He must be CIA too for sure since charges include spying and attempting to overthrow the government! “In May 2018, a hearing for his case occurred in Aliaga that lasted eleven hours. The judge dismissed all of Brunson’s witnesses without listening to any of their testimony. Sandra Jolley, Vice Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom attended the case, and released the following statement: “We leave the courthouse with serious concerns. Today’s eleven hours of proceedings were… Read more »