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U.S. pastor arrives home after leaving courthouse

2018-10-12 18:12
U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson arrived at his home in Turkey's Izmir on Friday (October 12) according to a Reuters cameraman, after leaving a court that earlier ruled he be released. The court sentenced Brunson - whose case has been at the centre of a row between Washington and Ankara - to three years and 1-1/2 months in prison on terrorism charges, but said he would not serve any further jail time. Dressed in a black suit, white shirt and red tie, the North Carolina native wept as the decision was announced, witnesses said. Before the judge's ruling he had told the court: "I am an innocent man. I love Jesus, I love Turkey." The pastor, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, was put in prison two years ago and has been under house arrest since July.