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After Being Held for Two Years in Turkey, Pastor Brunson is Released

  • Kayla Koslosky

    Kayla Koslosky has been the Editor of since 2018. She has B.A. degrees in English and History and previously wrote for and was the managing editor of the Yellow Jacket …

  • 2018 Oct 12

EDITOR'S NOTE, Monday, October 15, 7:51 a.m. EDT: President Donald Trump made a statement on Twitter asserting that there was no deal made with Turkey despite what NBC News previously reported. NBC News was a source that we used in our story. We have since removed all information obtained from them.

The President has been informed that Turkey will likely release the North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson, after almost two years of him being held in a Turkish jail. 

The White House announced on Friday that Turkish authorities will allow for Brunson to return to the U.S. in the next several days. 

The pastor was being held on charges of conspiring to overthrow the Turkish government and being a part of a terrorist group. It is expected that these charges will be dropped and the pastor will soon be released.

When Brunson was moved out of the Turkish prison and placed under house arrest in July, many people were hopeful that Brunson would be returned to the U.S. soon after.

Now, after several months under house arrest, the Turkish government has decided to release the pastor. According to Fox News, on October 12, Brunson stood before a Turkish court for a final hearing and it was decided that the pastor would be released and sentenced to time served.

The exact date of his return to the U.S. is not yet known, but President Trump has voiced on Twitter that Pastor Brunson will be home soon.

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