FBI Investigating Possible Plot by Turkey to Assassinate Pastor Andrew Brunson

Andrew Brunson speaks at a U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom hearing on religious freedom issues in Turkey at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2019. | The Christian Post

The FBI is reportedly investigating a possible assassination plot to murder Pastor Andrew Brunson who was imprisoned in Turkey for two years on false terrorism charges.

Brunson was freed and allowed to return to the U.S. in October 2018 after Turkey came under intense diplomatic pressure from the Trump administration. He had been serving as pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church at the time of his arrest.

Now a mob boss has claimed he was asked by the Turkish government to murder Brunson.

Serkan Kurtuluş made the astonishing claim a month after his arrest in Argentina in June, International Christian Concern reports.

He claimed that members of Izmir AKP approached him to assassinate Brunson with the aim of blaming the Gulen movement, an Islamic community in Turkey at odds with the AKP — the party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Brunson was accused by Turkey of links to the Gulen movement, which is named after its leader, the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Turkey is attempting to have Kurtuluş extradited from Argentina to stand trial over the alleged supply of illegal firearms in Syria and the death of a Russian pilot in 2015.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Christian Today