UPDATED 7:47 AM PT — Fri. Oct. 12, 2018
An American pastor is finally set free after two-years of imprisonment in Turkey.
On Friday, a Turkish judge ordered the release of North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson from house arrest. The court ruling was issued based on good behavior and time served.
PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2018
The 50-year-old was sentenced to more than three -ears after being convicted on terrorism charges.
He was accused of collaborating with terrorist groups and participating in a 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, which he repeatedly denied.
President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning, saying his thoughts and prayers are with pastor Brunson and he hopes he has a safe journey home.
This comes after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Turkey to pressure the country to order his release.