Turkish court releases US pastor Andrew Brunson | ZEIT ONLINE

The US Pastor Andrew Brunson is released. A court in the Turkish
Izmir has decided that his house arrest will be lifted. In addition was
 the exit ban for Brunson lifted, the clergyman can therefore
 travel to the USA. Brunson was sentenced to three years, one month, and 15 days in prison. This is validated by the time he has served in custody or house arrest. before
 the prosecutor had up to ten years in his closing plea
 for Brunson for supporting terrorist groups and espionage
required. He also pleaded for house arrest and the
Cancel the exit barrier.
                
            Brunson was in October 2016 for spying and terror charges in
Turkish remand has been taken. Relocated at the end of July
Court him for health reasons in house arrest. The case against him was upheld. The
 Process in Izmir started in the morning. It also came to a
bizarre exchange of witnesses who contradicted each other. On
The video-attached witness initially said he had two
belonged to other witnesses who in Brunson's Church members of the forbidden
 Kurdish Workers' Party PKK and supporters of the Gülen movement
had gone out and planned bombings. Both the PKK
as well as the Gülenists are considered terrorists in Turkey. Relationship between US and Turkey strains Short
 However, later on, the witnesses in question stated that
they themselves would have heard of the first witness.
Several times this witness said he was confused now. The judge
He finally interrupted him and said: "Yes, we have now
Roger that."
            Brunson's lawyer İsmail Cem Halavurt valued the
Testimonies as "good for us". It had become clear that the witnesses
told the lie to lie. Even before the start of the process had become
Halavurt optimistically demonstrated that his client could now be freed. Also
 US media had reported before the trial, it was very
probably that the allegations against the clergyman dropped
would. There is a "secret agreement" on Brunson's return to
the USA. At this would have US President Donald Trump and the Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participated.
                
                
            The case Brunson
burdened for months the relations between the NATO partners USA and
 Turkey. Turkish authorities accused the Presbyterian pastor
To be a spy and the attempted coup against Erdogan in 2016
to have supported. In addition, he was accused of the network of
belong to the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen and have contacts with the
banned Kurdish Workers Party PKK. Gülen lives in the USA
 and is blamed by Erdogan for the coup attempt. The
Turkish leader Erdoğan had repeatedly said he wanted Brunson
replace Gülen.

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