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Turkey frees Brunson but closes door to his ministry

International | The American pastor faithfully served in the country for more than 20 years
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/12/18, 11:45 am

TURKEY: American Pastor Andrew Brunson gained his freedom Friday, with a Turkish judge sentencing him to three years in prison, but since he has already served time, he walks free, but as a convicted felon. The verdict likely paves the way for his return to the United States, but as many predicted, it will bring to a close more than two decades’ work in Turkey.

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Andrew Brunson freed

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/12/18, 10:30 am

A Turkish court on Friday released U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson with credit for time served on charges of terrorism and espionage. Brunson, originally from Black Mountain, N.C., lived in Turkey for 23 years and pastored Izmir Resurrection Church. He faced a 35-year sentence on phony charges until witnesses against him reversed their testimony at a dramatic hearing Friday. A judge sentenced Brunson to three years and one month in prison but allowed him to go free since he already spent almost two years in detention.

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Brunson’s lawyer appeals to high court

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/03/18, 10:54 am

The lawyer for U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, who remains under house arrest in Turkey, filed a petition for his release with Turkey’s highest court on Wednesday.

Turkish authorities arrested Brunson in December 2016 following a failed coup attempt, accusing him of espionage and terror-related charges, which the U.S. government says have no merit and experts call “outrageous.” He faces up to 35 years in prison if found guilty. Authorities placed him under house arrest on July 25 due to health issues.

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