American Pastor Andrew Brunson Freed, Turkish Court Rules

October 12, 2018 Updated: October 12, 2018

A Turkish court has ruled for the release of American evangelical Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, after months of spiraling relations between the country and the United States over his incarceration.

The ruling passed on Oct. 12 over a 3 year, 1 1/2 month sentence on Brunson, who had been charged with unsubstantiated terrorism offenses by Turkey. The court said he would not serve any further time because he had already been detained since October 2016.

The move could help towards healing ties between Ankara and Washington—both NATO allies. U.S. officials, including the president, have been applying increasing pressure on Turkey to free Brunson.

President Donald Trump, in a series of Twitter posts on Oct. 12, relayed the updates surroundings Brunson’s release.

“PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!” Trump wrote.

At around 11 a.m. ET, the president said he was still trying to secure the release.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Brunson, and we hope to have him safely back home soon!” he wrote in an earlier post.

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