Pastor Andrew Brunson
Pastor Andrew Brunson was arrested in Turkey in August of 2016 on false charges of terrorism. Pastor Brunson has been serving as a missionary in Turkey for over 25 years and has been imprisoned since his arrest. Pastor Brunson’s trial began on April 16 where he adamantly denied any wrongdoing.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed disappointment in a Turkish court’s May 7 decision in EPC Teaching Elder Andrew Brunson’s trial on terrorism and espionage charges. After 11 hours of testimony—mostly from anonymous witnesses who testified via video link with disguised faces and altered voices—the judge postponed further proceedings until July 18 and returned Brunson to prison. In addition, the court refused to hear testimony from any defense witnesses.
USCIRF declares Turkish court’s decision in Andrew Brunson trial “unconscionable”