By Steve Dellar   |  10-12-2018   News
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President Donald Trump confirmed the release by the Turkish judiciary of US Pastor Andrew Brunson and stated he would be returned home, tweeting: ‘Pastor Brunson just released. Will be home soon.’

It is another win for the White House administration and marks the end of a two-year prison term for the innocent North Carolina pastor who was detained by Turkish authorities for his alleged involvement in the military coup two years ago against the government of Turkish President Erdogan.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1050754462405537798?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The native of North Carolina had worked as an evangelical Presbyterian pastor at the Izmir Resurrection Church and his release had been demanded both by the Vice President Mr Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mr Mike Pompeo on multiple reprises.

Mr Brunson had lived peacefully in Turkey for more than 23 years with his wife and three children.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Brunson, and we hope to have him safely back home soon!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1050747691062493185?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A Turkish court decided this afternoon to free the US pastor after the government of Mr Erdogan agreed to drop all charges against him.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It’s the case that has brought U.S.-Turkey relations to an all-time low. <a href="https://twitter.com/ewither?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ewither</a> reports the latest from Izmir, amid rumors of a deal and two secret witnesses in Pastor Andrew Brunson’s hearing. Watch more: <a href="https://t.co/jNnQqSeC5Y">https://t.co/jNnQqSeC5Y</a> <a href="https://t.co/vDK8hO83TT">pic.twitter.com/vDK8hO83TT</a></p>&mdash; Reuters TV (@ReutersTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersTV/status/1050661096325955584?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The case has been at the center of deteriorating relations between Turkey and the United States, heightened by President Donald Trump's defense of Brunson as his administration elevated religious freedom as a cause.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Working very hard on Pastor Brunson!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1050743405578457093?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Before the verdict was announced Mr Brunson was allowed to meet his wife in the courthouse, where they held hands and talked about the possible outcome.

Wearing a dark suit and red tie, the pastor stated: "I am an innocent man. I love Jesus. I love Turkey."

Source:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1050754462405537798

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Asmsage No. 39175 1539357927

Shows that the Pres. Is a man of his word and never backs down from injustice!

God bless pastor Brunson!

God bless Pres. Trump.

Anonymous No. 39176 1539358838

WOW!!! SUPERDUPER!!! THATS MY PRESIDENT!!!KEEP ROCKIN IT PRESIDENT TRUMP!!! WWG1WGA!!!

No. 39191 1539365939

You cannot trust in words & rhetoric, Yet deeds always point to true character.

Common sense tells us that. It is also why the powers that be wish us to have none. So they may continue to act against us in the guise of our benefit.

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