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Pastor Brunson leaves courthouse after Turkish court rules to release him

2018-10-12 15:40
U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson will likely return to the United States after a court in Turkey ruled on Friday (October 12) that he should be released, Brunson's lawyer said. Asked whether Brunson would go to the United States, Ismail Cem Halavurt said: "He will probably leave." The U.S. military has a plan to fly Brunson back to America on a military aircraft, officials told Reuters. One of the officials said that Brunson could return to the United States as soon as Friday. A Pentagon spokeswoman told Reuters that the expected plan involved flying Brunson through Germany on the way back to America but did not specify timing. A Turkish court ruled on Friday that the American evangelical Christian pastor at the centre of a row between Ankara and Washington could go free, a move that could be the first step towards mending ties between the NATO allies. The court sentenced Andrew Brunson to three years and 1-1/2 months in prison on terrorism charges, but said he would not serve any further jail time. 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.