“WILL BE HOME SOON”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 12, 2018) — At approximately 10:26 AM EDT Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted that an American pastor jailed two years ago in Turkey for allegedly planning a coup against the Tayyip Erdogan-led government has been released.
On Thursday, Fox News and other outlets reported that following a hearing Friday morning in Aliaga, there was a slight expectation that Pastor Andrew Brunson would regain his freedom.
Brunson has been held under house arrest for the past several months following a 15-month ordeal in a Turkish prison where he reportedly lost more than 50 pounds and suffered ill health.
“PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON,” Trump tweeted.
“My client is a free man,” Brunson’s Turkish attorney was quoted as having said after Friday’s hearing.
Brunson and his family had lived in Turkey for nearly a quarter-century when he and his wife Norine were arrested in October 2016 for allegedly “aiding terror groups.” While his wife was released within days, Brunson was held without reprieve until the Turkish government relented and eased his restrictions to house arrest in July.
Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the U.S. State Department were involved in working to secure Brunson’s release.