CBN News | 062018 | VIDEO
More than a dozen people gathered outside the White House on Wednesday to call on President Donald Trump to bring American Pastor Andrew Brunson home.
Brunson has been behind bars in Turkey since October 2016. He was charged with espionage and accused of helping terrorist groups.
He had been a missionary in Turkey for more than 20 years.
“We are very concerned about Pastor Brunson. We know him and he is being used as a political pawn. The charges against him are false,” Dede Laugesen with Save the Persecuted Christians said.
Likewise, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback called Brunson’s arrest “politically motivated” and said the 62-page indictment is made up.
Brownback said at one point Turkish officials accused Brunson of association with terrorists because his daughter sent him a photo of a Middle Eastern food dish the Turkish government says is a favorite of terrorists.
Brownback says much of the case against Brunson is based on accusations from anonymous sources.