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Trump says freed US pastor will be 'back home soon'

AFP  |  Washington 

US said Friday an American pastor freed by after two years in detention would be returned "soon" to the

"PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!" tweeted, after a sentenced to just over three years in jail but released him after taking into account time served and good conduct.

Brunson's detention since 2016 caused one of the worst diplomatic rows of recent times between NATO allies and the US, and a crash in the Turkish lira that exposed the country's economic fragility.

Turkish judicial authorities had repeatedly rejected requests for the release of Brunson, who was moved from prison to house arrest in the city of in July.

When the verdict was read out, Brunson wept and hugged his wife

"My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Brunson, and we hope to have him safely back home soon!" had tweeted earlier, shortly after posting that he was "working very hard" on the case.

US broadcaster said and the had reached a secret deal for Brunson to be released Friday, with some charges against him dropped, in exchange for the US easing "economic pressure" that included sanctions that have hammered the lira.

But Turkey says its judiciary is independent and said she was "not aware" of any such deal.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 21:10 IST