US Pastor Brunson Convicted, But Released On Time Served

Friday, October 12, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Fri, 10/12/2018

Update: as noted below, Turkey has announced a “Schrodinger” sentence of Pastor Brunson, who was both sentenced for 3 years, and also released for time served in prison. From Reuters:

COURT SENTENCES U.S. PASTOR TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON
COURT CONVICTS, BUT FREES PASTOR BRUNSON ON TIME SERVED
TURKISH COURT RULES TO RELEASE U.S. PASTOR BRUNSON FROM HOUSE ARREST
This means that Brunson can now come back to the US. At the same time, Turkey announced it would keep an Adana consulate officer imprisoned just so Erdogan does not seem too much of a pushover.

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It appears that Trump’s strong-arm tactics with Turkey have yielded another success.

On Friday, a Turkish prosecutor called for a jail sentence of 10 years for a U.S. Christian pastor on Friday, while also asking the court to lift judicial controls, a move that would allow Andrew Brunson to leave the country immediately. The prosecution’s odd request would mean that the US pastor can be released even if he is convicted, pending appeals procedures, effectively providing a loophole for Brunson to leave the country even as he is “sentenced” allowing Erdogan to safe face while the US pastor returns to the US.

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