A Turkish court has convicted an American pastor at the center of a Turkish–American diplomatic dispute of terror charges, but has released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey.
The court near the western city of Izmir on Friday sentenced Andrew Brunson to three and one month in prison, but since the evangelical pastor has already spent two years in detention he won’t serve more time.
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Advertisement Brunson, 50, had rejected the espionage and terror-related charges and strongly maintained his innocence.
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Lawyer Ismail Cem Halavurt said Brunson was expected to leave Turkey for the United States.