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