Turkey Frees American Pastor Andrew Brunson, in Bid to Ease U.S. Tensions


An evangelical American pastor held in Turkey on terrorism charges will be sent back to the U.S. following a hearing Friday in which a judge lifted his house arrest, removing what has become a major irritant in the relationship between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.

A Turkish court found Andrew Brunson guilty of aiding terror groups and sentenced him to more than three years in prison, but freed him because of time already served.

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