"There wasn't any evidence whatsoever" against him, Lauren Brunson said, "and as a family we are just glad it's over".
Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke over the phone following the release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, a Turkish diplomatic source said Friday.
The evangelical pastor had faced up to 35 years in jail if convicted of all the charges.
A Turkish court on Friday convicted an American pastor of terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, a move that's likely to ease the tensions between Turkey and the United States.
Two senior administration officials said there was no deal with Turkey for Brunson. His lawyer said the electronic ankle bracelet monitoring his house arrest was removed.
In August, the USA slapped sanctions on an array of Turkish officials and on some goods, sending Turkish currency into freefall.
But a top Turkish official criticized Trump's tweet and American pressures for the pastor's release. The two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies were caught in an economic battle as tensions worsened because of Mr. Brunson's imprisonment.
Her son strongly denies any connection to the Gulenist movement and Mrs Brunson added: "He never even knew a person connected to Gulen".
The PKK - a Turkish-Kurdish rebel group fighting for autonomy since the 1980s - is considered a terrorist group by Turkey and the US. The new witnesses did not confirm Kalkan's accusations. He was arrested in October 2016 and accused of complicity with the attempted coup against President Recep Erdogan in July that year.
"We are grateful for the President's commitment and efforts in securing my release", Brunson said in a statement released by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has been working to secure his release.
The pastor is a native of North Carolina, but has lived in Turkey for more than two decades and has been imprisoned for the past two years.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Brunson, and we hope to have him safely back home soon!" he tweeted.
"May the Lord strengthen Pastor Brunson and his family as they work to turn the page on this hard chapter in their lives", Johnson adds.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has insisted that he had no sway over the judiciary and that the courts would decide on Brunson's fate.
But he had previously suggested a possible swap of Brunson and the Pennsylvania-resident Fethullah Gulen - the cleric accused of being behind the coup. The U.S. military planned to fly him home on a military aircraft, officials told Reuters. "No deal", Trump replied when asked if his administration offered to remove some sanctions from Turkey in exchange for Ankara letting the pastor go. Turkish officials say they fear Saudi Arabia killed and dismembered Khashoggi, without offering evidence explaining why they believe that.
The Arctic is likely to be ice-free in summer around once a century at 1.5C but at least once a decade if warming climbs to 2C. The report explains why it's so important that we meet the 1.5 degree target, and how hard that will be to accomplish.
The Yankees immediately challenged and, with a sellout crowd standing and hoping, the out call was upheld after a 63-second look. It seems that a lot of people think it's really risky to go with the ace in relief in an elimination game, but I love it.
Children and new moms stand to gain improved access to mental health services under two bills recently signed into law by Gov. And just as with any physical illness, the pain of mental illness doesn't go away unless treated.
Three children at UPMC Children's Hospital are suspected of having AFM, while 38 others in 16 states have been diagnosed recently. Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare "polio-like" disease since September, baffling health officials.
On Thursday, President Trump told reporters that the White House is looking "very strongly" at Khashoggi's disappearance. Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
In his speech at the ceremony, Kavanaugh said the emotional Senate confirmation process "tested" him, "but it did not change me". Immigration, firearms, and asbestos exposure cases will greet Brett Kavanaugh during his first week as a Supreme Court justice .
I know it's not something you can measure, and therefore it's taboo - but CC has the guts for games like this. The case was moved last week from southern OH , where Hernandez's lawyer initially filed it, to NY after U.S.
Earlier Monday, Trump claimed the accusations against Kavanaugh were a " hoax set up by the Democrats ". Liberal-leaning voters failed to show up-again-and Republicans took control of the US Senate, too.
Dodgers blank Braves in game one of NLDS
A year prior to that in the 2016 NLDS, Kershaw made two starts and one relief appearance against the Washington Nationals. For Atlanta, Anibal Sanchez will take the ball looking to keep his team close and continue his bounce-back season.
Conor McGregor Has Already Called Dana White Asking For Rematch
I think there's something being released on Netflix soon, a documentary based around that fight, and it will have all the rounds. If one guy wants to do it because he has something to gain by fighting the other guy. "It has to be a win, win, win situation".
OnePlus 6T will probably get a Porsche Edition, hints CEO
Chances are they could be hidden inside or on the sides of the display like on some of the recently launched Oppo and Vivo phones. It's also known that OnePlus has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of battery life and the "screen unlock" feature.