Reports of deal between U.S., Turkey over Israel detainee 'baseless'

July 27, 2018 12:31
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ISTANBUL - Reports that a Turkish detainee in Israel was released as a result of a deal with the United States in return for the release of US pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey are "completely baseless," a senior Turkish official said on Friday.

Israel arrested Ebru Ozkan while she was visiting as a tourist last month. On July 8, it indicted her in a security court for ties to Hamas, charges her lawyer denied and which angered Turkey. She was deported a week later.

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