A former NASA scientist jailed in Turkey was unexpectedly allowed to walk free on Wednesday evening, after spending almost 3 years behind bars. The release came just hours after a phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Serkan Golge, a dual Turkish-U.S. citizen who studied the effects of radiation on astronauts at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, was arrested on terrorism charges while visiting family in Turkey's southern province of Hatay in the summer of 2016. Swept up in a crackdown that followed a failed military coup, Golge was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison in February 2018. The sentence was later reduced to 5 years by an appeals court. Comment: The coup attempt was led by the US. "I'm very happy. I do not know what to say," Kubra Golge, his wife, tells Science from northwest Turkey, where she is recovering from a recent surgery. She says she was able to speak by phone to her husband, who she says is also in...
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