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American pastor Andrew Brunson, detained in Turkey on suspicion of organizing a coup, sentenced to three years and five months in prison. It is reported by Reuters on Friday, October 12.
At the same time the man does not have to serve his sentence: the court found that he had been imprisoned for a sufficient time after the arrest in October 2016. The man was released from house arrest. Immediately before the sentencing, the pastor reiterated that he is innocent.
The Prosecutor asked for Brunson 10 years in prison. In addition, witnesses at the hearing stated that the testimony attributed to them inaccurate.
Earlier it was reported that Washington and Ankara signed a secret agreement under which Branson should be released in the coming days. All details of the transaction are unknown, however, the United States has promised to reduce economic pressure on Turkey, according to sources in the American administration.
Relations between Ankara and Washington deteriorated after August 1, the United States imposed sanctions on two Turkish Ministers: of internal Affairs and justice. It was a response to Turkey’s refusal to release the detained pastor Brunson, who is suspected of spying and having links with the opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah gülen living in Pennsylvania. Ankara accuses the latter in organizing the coup attempt in July 2016.
On the background of the conflict with the United States in August, the Turkish Lira weakened sharply.
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