A Turkish court has ruled for the release of an American pastor at the heart of a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States after a hearing on Oct. 12 during which key witnesses flipped and the prosecution softened.
Three witnesses in the trial against an American pastor at the heart of a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States have backtracked from their implicating testimonies.
U.S. President Donald Trump has puzzled his followers on Twitter by saying he is “working very hard” for pastor Andrew Brunson minutes after a court in Turkey ruled for his release.

Turkey Orders Release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson

The move ended a 24-month ordeal and signaled a truce of sorts in a heated diplomatic dispute between Ankara and Washington.

Andrew Brunson: Turkey releases US pastor after two years in prison

Turkish court ordered release of Brunson, who had been held on terrorism charges related to the failed 2016 military coup

 

NBC News – Oct 11, 5:30 PM

WASHINGTON — The White House expects North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson to be released by the Turkish government and return to the U.S. in coming days, two years after he was detained, according to two senior administration officials and

 

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his remarks that the government would appoint a trustee to elected HDP mayors after March polls “if they are linked to terror” and suggested it was “blackmail to voters and harms confidence in democracy.”
Politicians have denounced President Erdoğan, who has signaled that trustees will be appointed to municipalities after the local elections in March: “It has been announced six months before the elections that the right to a free election does not exist in Turkey.”
Bienvenue sur le site de Reporter sans frontières | RSF – Oct 9, 6:09 AM

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the Turkish authorities to dismiss the case against its Turkey representative and two other human rights defenders after an Istanbul court today adjourned their trial for the seventh time in

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