Trump tells Turkey's Erdogan to free imprisoned US pastor

    19 de julio de 2018

    Washington DC, Jul 18 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States Wednesday urged his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release a US Protestant pastor accused of terrorism activities in the country.

    "A total disgrace that Turkey will not release a respected U.S. Pastor, Andrew Brunson, from prison. He has been held hostage far too long. @RT_Erdogan should do something to free this wonderful Christian husband & father. He has done nothing wrong, and his family needs him!" Donald Trump tweeted.

    Trump's petition comes the same day as a Turkish court's decision that Brunson remain in custody.

    The Turkish prosecution has demanded 35 years' imprisonment for Brunson for association with terrorist groups.

    Brunson was accused of having connections with a movement led by cleric Fethullah Gülen - who Turkey accuses of instigating the failed coup of 2016 and is living in exile in the US - as well as having links to the banned Kurdish Workers' Party. He denies the charges.

    Erdogan has spoken on a possibility of exchanging a pastor for another in relation to Güülen's extradition request filed by Turkey.