The Art of Deceit: Turkey, America, and Pastor Andrew Brunson

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu
29th August 2018 - Quoted by Faith McDonell in Juicy Ecumenism

As the world watches, the United States and Turkey are engaged in a struggle over the fate of an American pastor. Brunson, 50, is just one of several other Americans and three Turkish nationals who work for the U.S. government that have been unjustly imprisoned by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


"Brunson has had three hearings in 2018 and he awaits yet another hearing at which “witnesses” will again provide fabricated stories. In World Magazine, two Turkish human rights advocates at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroglu called the 62-page indictment against Brunson “a muddled collection of conspiracy theories spinning mundane details of the pastor’s life into terrorist acts.” They revealed that “the Turkish prosecutor relies on ludicrous accusations from three secret witnesses and a convicted murderer to allege that the pastor carried out felonies on behalf of two terrorist organizations as well as military espionage.”

The two scholars call this “the most absurd court case in the country's history."


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