The Turkish government's refusal to explain why it's imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who served the country's people for 23 years before being arrested last year, has left the pastor's family in a state of shock and confusion, the American Center for Law and Justice has said.
Although Turkish authorities have charged Brunson with having links to a terror organization, the ACLJ said no evidence has been provided to support their claim. What is more, the pastor's case has been sealed, leaving his Turkish attorney with no way of preparing a defense.
"Really, the only thing we can point to is the attempted coup last July and President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan's need to gather up anyone who he might potentially consider to be a threat. Other than that, there is nothing," ACLJ Senior Counsel CeCe Heil told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Monday about why Brunson has been targeted.