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ALIAGA, TURKEY A Turk­ish court on Fri­day convicted an Amer­i­can pas­tor on ter­ror charges but re­leased him from house ar­rest and al­lowed him to leave the coun­try, a move that’s likely to ease ten­sions be­tween Turkey and the United States.

The court near the western city of Izmir sen­tenced An­drew Brun­son to three years, one month and 15 days in pri­son for al­legedly help­ing ter­ror groups. But since the evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor had al­ready spent nearly two years in de­ten­tion, Turk­ish law al­lowed him to re­main free with time served. A charge of es­pi­onage was dropped.

Brun­son, 50, had re­jected the es­pi­onage and ter­ror­re­lated charges and strongly main­tained his in­no­cence.

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