Turkish President Erdogan may have ordered the arrest to force the U.S. to return an exiled political opponent, Fethullah Gülen…
(Bob Unruh, WND) The Turkish government, which has been moving away from its secularist roots in recent years, now considers sharing the Christian Gospel terroristic.
That’s according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which has been defending imprisoned American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson.
Brunson, arrested in late 2016, is being held without charges.
However, ACLJ lawyers this week revealed that a Turkish court approved an indictment against Brunson, which means progress toward a trial will speed up.
The group said that since the indictment has been approved, the prosecution phase of the case will now begin. After almost a year and a half in prison, Brunson has his first court date set for April 16.
“The case file is now finally open, and by the end of the week, we should have access to all of the alleged evidence,” ACLJ said…
The government’s claim “provides no evidence regarding criminal action by Pastor Andrew, which comes as no surprise,” the group said.
“Pastor Andrew, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, serving as pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church, has maintained his innocence and has reiterated that he has been in Turkey for only one reason, to tell about Jesus Christ. Incredibly, the indictment now admits that Turkey considers sharing the Gospel an ‘act of terrorism…’”
ACLJ noted Brunson was arrested even though there was no crime. It suggested Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered him arrested to use as a political pawn to force the U.S. to return an exiled political opponent, Fethullah Gülen…