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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made a statement about US Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, who has been in custody since December 2016, being moved from prison to house arrest.
“We welcome long overdue news that Pastor Brunson has been moved from prison to house arrest in Turkey, but it is not enough”, said Brunson and added:
“We have seen no credible evidence against Mr. Brunson, and call on Turkish authorities to resolve his case immediately in a transparent and fair manner”.
We welcome long overdue news that Pastor Brunson has been moved from prison to house arrest in #Turkey, but it is not enough. We have seen no credible evidence against Mr. Brunson, and call on Turkish authorities to resolve his case immediately in a transparent and fair manner. pic.twitter.com/So2A4hfinZ— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) 25 Temmuz 2018
He was moved to his house in the evening hours
İzmir 2nd Heavy Penal Court ruled for the continuation of arrest of Diriliş (Resurrection) Church Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson on July 18. Upon Brunson’s application, Brunson was sentenced to house arrest on probation yesterday (July 25).
Brunson has been facing up to 15 years in prison on charge of "committing crimes in the name of a terrorist organization as a non-member" and up to 20 years in prison on charge of "espionage."
Next hearing of the pastor is on October 12. (PT/TK)
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