July 27, 2018 / 9:10 AM / 5 months ago

Reports of deal between U.S., Turkey over Israel detainee release 'baseless': Turkish official

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - 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 U.S. 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.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz and Daren Butler; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by David Dolan

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