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US pastor detained in Turkey may soon be released

AP  |  Washington 

An American pastor may soon be released after two years of in

A person involved in efforts to free says the 50-year-old evangelical pastor from could be freed at his next court appearance on Friday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because officials had not yet reached a final agreement on the release and it could still fall through.

State Department told reporters that the US is hopeful he will soon go free but said she was unaware of any agreement on his release.

has demanded his release, and his case has added further complications to an already strained relationship.

"I'm very hopeful that before too long Pastor Brunson ... and his wife will be able to return to the United States," said Wednesday.

"It's the right thing for (Turkey) to do, it's the humanitarian thing for to do."

Brunson was among thousands of people arrested in in police sweeps following a failed July 2016 coup against

He is accused of working to convert Kurds to Christianity to destabilise Turkey.

Brunson is under house arrest but could get up to 35 years in prison if convicted on charges that his lawyers say are baseless.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 09:20 IST
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