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Trump hails release of U.S. pastor from Turkey

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By ITN News Editor October 13, 2018 15:15

Trump hails release of U.S. pastor from Turkey

U.S. President Donald Trump hailed on the release of a U.S. pastor from Turkey after a Turkish court freed him from two years of detention.Trump said “we’re very happy to have him” referring to Pastor Andrew Brunson. He also said Brunson would likely visit the White House Oval Office on Saturday. Asked if U.S. sanctions imposed on Turkey to try to win Brunson’s release might be lifted, Trump said there was no deal made for the pastor’s freedom.Brunson was released after the court sentenced him to three years and 1-1/2 months in prison on terrorism charges, but said he would not serve any further jail time.

Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, was jailed two years ago and has been under house arrest since July.The pastor had been accused of links to Kurdish militants and supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the cleric blamed by Turkey for a coup attempt in 2016. Brunson denied the accusations and Washington had demanded his immediate release.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor October 13, 2018 15:15
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