Turkey Frees American Pastor Andrew Brunson

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A Turkish court convicted an American pastor at the center of a Turkish-American diplomatic dispute of terror charges Friday, but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey.

The court near the western city of Izmir on Friday sentenced the Rev. Andrew Brunson to 3 years and 1 month in prison for the conviction, but since the evangelical pastor has already spent two years in detention he won’t serve more time.

Brunson, 50, had rejected the espionage and terror-related charges and strongly maintained

Word of his release became public around the time President Donald Trump issued a one-sentence tweet: “Working very hard on Pastor Brunson!” …

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