Thursday, 2 August 2018

US imposed sanctions on Turkey's justice and interior ministers over jailed pastor Andrew Brunson



The US has imposed sanctions on Turkey's justice and interior ministers over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

 
The evangelical from North Carolina has been held for nearly two years over alleged links to political groups.


"We believe he's a victim of unfair and unjust detention," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.


Turkey has said US demands for Mr Brunson's release are "unacceptable", adding it will respond to "hostility".


"We call on the US administration to row back from this wrong decision," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Without delay, there will be a response to this aggressive attitude that will not serve any purpose," it continued.


The US Treasury Department later said Turkey's Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu were targeted because they "serve as leaders of Turkish government organizations responsible for implementing Turkey's serious human rights abuses".




BBC     News.