White House Rejects Turkey’s ‘Ransom’ Offer for Pastor

Explaining it doesn’t pay ransom for hostages, the White House rejected an offer by Turkey to free American pastor Andrew Brunson in exchange for forgiveness of billions of dollars in U.S. fines on a Turkish bank.  The Wall Street Journal reported Washington has warned Turkey that if it doesn’t release Brunson – who has been accused without evidence of plotting a government overthrow – it could impose additional sanctions this week.  A White House official told the Journal a “real NATO ally wouldn’t have arrested Brunson in the first place.” A Turkish high criminal court on Friday rejected Brunson’s appeal to be released from house arrest and travel abroad.  If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison for “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and an additional 20 years for “espionage.”

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