October 12, 2018 / 1:49 PM / in 10 days

Turkish court rules to release U.S. pastor Brunson

ALIAGA, Turkey (Reuters) - A Turkish court ruled on Friday to release U.S. pastor Andrew 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.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan

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