U.S. pas­tor de­tained in Turkey may soon be re­leased

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Eric Tucker The Associated Press

An Amer­i­can pas­tor may soon be re­leased af­ter two years of cap­tiv­ity in Turkey.

A per­son in­volved in ef­forts to free An­drew Brun­son say the 50-yearold evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor from North Carolina could be freed at his next court ap­pear­ance on Fri­day. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause of­fi­cials had not yet reached a fi­nal agree­ment on the re­lease and it could still fall through.

Brun­son was among thou­sands of peo­ple ar­rested in Turkey in po­lice sweeps fol­low­ing a failed July 2016 coup against Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

State Depart­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert told re­porters that the U.S. is hope­ful he will soon be re­leased.

Brun­son is un­der house ar­rest but could get up to 35 years in prison if con­victed on charges that his lawyers say are base­less.

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