A Turkish Court released US Pastor Andrew Brunson after two years of captivity Friday; ending a dramatic diplomatic fight between the Trump administration and Turkey’s President Erdogan.
According to Reuters, “A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release the U.S. evangelical Christian pastor at the centre of a bitter diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington, a move that could be the first step towards mending ties between the NATO allies.”
The court slammed Brunson with a 37 month sentence but released the pastor after serving two years. He was detained in October 2016 for allegedly “plotting” against the Erdogan regime with “Kurdish militants.”
The North Carolina native vehemently denies the accusation.
“I am an innocent man. I love Jesus, I love Turkey,” said Brunson upon hearing of his release.
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