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Freed pastor Brunson leaves Turkey, due in US Saturday

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A US pastor was flown out of Turkey on Friday after a court freed him from two years of detention, in a step that could improve US-Turkish ties strained by disputes over Syria, Iran and Ankara's planned purchase of Russian military equipment.

 

Pastor Andrew Brunson was expected to land at Joint Base Andrews near Washington at around noon EDT (1600 GMT) on Saturday after a stop in Germany for a medical check-up.

 

Brunson was jailed two years ago and had been under house arrest since July. He was accused of links to Kurdish militants and supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the cleric blamed by Turkey's government for a coup attempt in 2016.

 

The Turkish court sentenced Brunson to three years and 1-1/2 months in prison on terrorism charges, but said he would not serve any further jail time and freed him.

 

Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, denied the accusations and Washington had demanded his immediate release.

 

President Donald Trump said Brunson would likely visit the White House Oval Office on Saturday.

 

 

 

REUTERS
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