Turkish courts release detainees but reject US pastor's appeal

US pastor Andrew Brunson was moved from jail to house arrest in late July.

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)A second appeal to release an American pastor held in Turkey was rejected Wednesday, his lawyer said, even as Turkish courts ordered the release of two Greek soldiers and a senior human rights official.

Amnesty International said it was "overjoyed" by the news that its chairman in Turkey, Taner Kılıç, was set to be freed later Wednesday by an Istanbul court after being held in detention for over a year.
The Greek soldiers, who had been detained earlier this year and reportedly accused of espionage, were freed on bail Tuesday pending trial, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported. They flew home on Wednesday, according to Reuters news agency.
The case of Andrew Brunson, an American evangelical pastor whom Turkey accuses of helping to plot a 2016 coup attempt against the Turkish President, has rapidly soured relations between Washington and Ankara, which have announced a series of retaliatory tariffs.
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