Reverend Andrew Brunson, a United States Citizen, is currently being held in Turkey under allegations claiming that he was a member of ‘an armed terrorist organization.‘ He has been held as a prisoner there since October, and has not seen his home in Black Mountain, North Carolina since then. Reverend Brunson has been working as a missionary in Turkey for 23 years. His treatment overseas has not been ideal since his arrest and he was taken into custody under shady circumstances.
He has not had help from the United States government to help him return to the United States and now has sent a formal plea to President Donald Trump via the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. He is pleading for the Trump administration to fight for him where others have not. He just wants to come home.
I plead with my government – with the Trump Administration – to fight for me. I ask the State Department to impose sanctions. I appeal to President Trump: please help me. Let the Turkish government know that you will not cooperate with them in any way until they release me. Please do not leave me here in prison.
Upon arriving at the station, he was informed he was being deported based on being a “threat to national security,” a common excuse for deportation in Turkey. It became clear that he was being arrested and would be detained until deportation. He was fingerprinted, searched, and had his phone, pen, etc. taken away. He was denied a Bible. But instead of being deported, he was held with no charges for 63 days, during which time he was denied access to his Turkish attorney. He was placed in solitary confinement for part of this time, with his glasses and watch confiscated.