Established by Fathi Ibrahim Bayoud 2005 - Homs

American pastor en route home to US: lawyer

World | 2018-10-12 17:40:00
American pastor en route home to US: lawyer
 American pastor Andrew Brunson is on a plane home to the United States after a Turkish court ruled he should be released, according to lawyer representing his family.

"We're grateful to the president, members of Congress and diplomatic leaders who continued to put pressure on Turkey to secure the freedom of Pastor Brunson," said lawyer Jay Sekulow in a statement. "The fact that he is now on a plane to the United States can only be viewed as a significant victory for Pastor Brunson and his family."

A Turkish court ruled Friday to release Brunson from house arrest, sentencing him to three years in jail but saying he will not spend any more time in custody because of time already served.

The court's decision to lift judicial controls meant that evangelical pastor Brunson, at the heart of a diplomatic spat between the two countries, could leave Turkey and return to the United States.
Reuters
Comments (0)

Post Your Comments

fill all fields below
*This confirmation code will prevent auto submit
X :Latest News
Senator Graham says he's skeptical of Saudi explanation on Khashoggi      Saudi Arabia says journalist Khashoggi died after fight in consulate      Saudi Arabia confirms Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate; top Saudi intelligence official fired: state media      US-led coalition jets hit mosque in Deir ez-Zor, 15 killed      UN Mideast peace envoy urges restraint ahead of protests      Opposition areas rally in solidarity with White Helmets      Istanbul: Saudi Consulate staffers speak to prosecutors      As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son's power