US pas­tor set free in Turkey

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

The court near the western city of Izmir sen­tenced An­drew Brun­son to three years and one month in prison for the con­vic­tion, but since the evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor has al­ready spent two years in de­ten­tion he will not serve more time.

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

Lawyer Is­mail Cem Halavurt said Brun­son is ex­pected to leave Turkey for the US.

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