Syrian fighter pilot on trial for espionage in Turkey returns to Syria

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ISTANBUL, Oct 13 (Reuters) - A Syrian fighter pilot who was detained after crashing in southern Turkey in March has returned to Syria after a Turkish court released him on Friday, Syrian TV reported.

The pilot, Mehmet Sufhan, faced trial in Turkey charged with espionage and violating border security after he crashed in the border province of Hatay. He was found by a search team, treated at a local hospital and detained.

Turkish media said on Friday that a criminal court in Hatay had released him, but that legal proceedings were continuing.

It was not immediately clear whether Sufhan would come back to Turkey for his trial, which was set for Oct. 25, according to Sufhan's attorney, Anil Cevahir Can. "Sufhan's release will hopefully help rebuild bridges of friendship between Syria and Turkey," Can added.

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