Turk­ish court rules to re­lease US Pas­tor

Cyprus Today - - TURKEY -

A TURK­ISH court ruled yes­ter­day to re­lease the US evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian pas­tor at the cen­tre of a bit­ter diplo­matic row be­tween Ankara and Wash­ing­ton.

The court passed a three years and six weeks’ sen­tence on Mr Brun­son, who had been charged with ter­ror­ism of­fences, but said he would not serve any fur­ther time be­cause he had al­ready been de­tained since Oc­to­ber 2016.

Wit­nesses said Mr Brun­son wept as the de­ci­sion was an­nounced. Be­fore the judge’s rul­ing, the pas­tor told the court: “I am an in­no­cent man. I love Je­sus, I love Turkey.”

The case against Mr Brun­son, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, had led to US tar­iffs against Turkey and drawn con­dem­na­tion from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Mr Brun­son was charged with links to Kur­dish mil­i­tants and sup­port­ers of Fethul­lah Gülen, the cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup at­tempt in 2016. Mr Brun­son de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tion.

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