U.S. pas­tor re­leased from house ar­rest

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

An Amer­i­can pas­tor flew out of Turkey on Fri­day af­ter a Turk­ish court con­victed him of ter­ror links but freed him from house ar­rest, re­mov­ing a ma­jor ir­ri­tant in fraught ties be­tween two NATO al­lies still strained by dis­agree­ments over Syria, Iran and a host of other is­sues.

The court near the western city of Izmir sen­tenced North Carolina na­tive An­drew Brun­son to just over three years in prison for al­legedly help­ing ter­ror groups, but let him go be­cause the 50-year-old evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor had al­ready spent nearly two years in de­ten­tion. An ear­lier charge of es­pi­onage was dropped.

Hours later, Brun­son was trans­ported to Izmir’s air­port and was flown out of Turkey, where he had lived for more than two decades. He was to be flown to the U.S. mil­i­tary hospi­tal in Land­stuhl, Ger­many, then on to Wash­ing­ton, where he was to meet with U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Satur­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.