Andrew Brunson: US pastor leaves Turkey after release
October 12, 2018 5:15 pm
A US pastor has left Turkey after more than two years in detention in a case that badly strained ties with the US.
Andrew Brunson flew out from the western city of Izmir, reports said.
Earlier, a court sentenced him to three years in jail on terror charges – but he was released because of the time he had already been detained.
He was arrested over alleged links to political groups, including the banned Gulenist movement, after a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Additional espionage charges against him were dropped.
“This is the day our family has been praying for, I am delighted to be on my way home to the United States,” Mr Brunson said in a statement.
“My entire family thanks the president, the administration, and Congress for their unwavering support,” he added.