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Turkey says US pastor 'not freed due to pressure'

IANS  |  Ankara 

Turkey's decision to release US pastor was not due to "any external pressure," the ruling Justice and Development Party's said Saturday.

"It is the result of the processes of the independent Turkish judiciary," told reporters in the southern province of Adana, reported.

"Despite of the impositions and threats over the case, none of Turkey's institutions including the presidency took any action on the case due to pressure," Celik was quoted by state-run as saying.

has repeatedly stressed that Friday's release of was a ruling made by the independent Turkish judiciary.

The 50-year-old pastor, who had lived in for over two decades, was detained in December 2016 over espionage charges and links to a network led by the U.S.-based Turkish Fethullah Gulen and the

A court in western province of on Friday sentenced to jail for three years and 45 days, but set him free due to time served.

In August, Brunson's continued detention turned a point in relations between and Washington, two NATO allies, prompting the to impose sanctions on two Turkish ministers and double tariffs on aluminum and from



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First Published: Sun, October 14 2018. 00:48 IST