US removes Turkey's justice, interior ministers from Magnitsky Act sanctions list

  02 November 2018    Read: 1183
US removes Turkey

U.S. Treasury Department removed Turkey's justice and interior ministers from global Magnitsky Act sanctions list, Reuters reported Friday.

Washington had imposed sanctions on Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, in August over Turkey's imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

Brunson was arrested in December 2016 and charged in the Aegean province of Izmir with being a member of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), the group behind a defeated coup earlier that year.

The pastor was sentenced to three years, one month and 15 days in prison, but said he would not spend any more time in custody because of the time he has already served. He returned to the U.S. the same day and was later received by President Trump in the White House.


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