Israel freed a Turkish woman accused of ties to Hamas following a request by President Trump to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a deal to get Ankara to release a US pastor, according to a report.
Ebru Özkan was arrested last month during a visit to Israel as a tourist and was indicted July 8 for smuggling money and goods to the Palestinian Islamist militant group — charges her lawyer denied and which angered Turkey.
Özkan was released the day after the July 14 Trump-Netanyahu phone call, after a month in detention, according to the Israeli Haaretz newspaper.
It has been speculated that the release was done at behest of President Trump, who in turn is hoping the favor to Turkey will end the detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American citizen being held in Turkey on suspicion of conspiring to overthrow the government in 2016.
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