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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.