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U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson reacts as he arrives at his home after being released from the prison in Izmir, Turkey on July 25, 2018. Photo by Demiroren News Agency, DHA via Reuters

Trump imposes sanctions on Turkish officials over detained American pastor

WASHINGTON — The White House is announcing that the Treasury Department is imposing sanctions on two Turkish officials over a detained American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Trump administration will sanction Turkey’s minister of justice and minister of interior over the holding of 50-year-old Andrew Craig Brunson.

The administration says Turkey’s Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu both played leading roles in the organizations responsible for Brunson’s arrest and detention.

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Brunson, an evangelical pastor, was arrested in December 2016 and jailed. He was recently released to home detention.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his government won’t back down and may “go its own way” if the U.S. imposes sanctions.

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