US sanctions Turkish officials over pastor's detention
02 August, 2018, 11:00 | Author: Lora Ball
President Recep Tayyip Erdogansaid Turkey will not bow to threats fueled by an "evangelist and Zionist mentality" in the US, as the diplomatic crisis between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members over the fate of a detained American pastor showed no signs of abating.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the United States. has grown exhausted of waiting for Turkish action on the matter.
The Treasury Department will place sanctions on Turkey's minister of justice and minister of interior, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed at a press briefing.
"Turkey knows our position well: Pastor Brunson must be released from house arrest and brought back home", Pompeo's spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters travelling with him.
And on Wednesday the Treasury Department laid blame for his ongoing trial primarily with Abdulhamit Gul, Turkey's justice minister, and Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. All their property within U.S. jurisdiction has been blocked, and USA citizens are also "generally prohibited from engaging in transactions" with the two Turkish officials.
The sanctions are being prepared under the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016, which allows the US government to target individuals, companies or other entities involved in corruption or human-rights abuses anywhere in the world.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss Brunson and the sanctions next week.
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