Hurriyet: 66 US senators sign letter calling on Turkey to release jailed pastor22 April 2018 | 10:40 | FOCUS News Agency
Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the Gülen network, which is widely believed to have orchestrated the July 2016 failed coup attempt. Brunson faces up to 35 years in prison.
The letter, led by Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who represents Brunson's home state North Carolina, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, said the Senate backs efforts to strengthen cooperation between U.S. and Turkish law enforcement.
"However, we are deeply disturbed that the Turkish government has gone beyond legitimate action against the coup plotters to undermine Turkey's own rule of law and democratic traditions," it said.
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