Two Turkish Americans arrested over embassy brawl

Halil Mutlu cousin of Recep Erdogan and Eyup Yildirim
Halil Mutlu cousin of Recep Erdogan and Eyup Yildirim

16 June, 2017

Law enforcement officials arrested two men linked to last month's skirmish outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force said.

Eighteen people have now been charged in the incident, including two Canadians and four Americans, according to prosecutors.

Newsham did not say how the police hoped to arrest the 12, saying the State Department would determine how to execute the warrants.

Sinan Narin of Virginia was arrested at his job near McLean, Virginia and charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner. The second man faces two felony assault charges and a misdemeanour assault charge. Charges have been filed, but without extradition, it's unclear what can actually be done about the felony and misdemeanor counts levied against the Turkish citizens in Erdogan's employ.

Two men were arrested in the United States.

Police have spent the weeks since the melee identifying suspects with video technology.

Days after the incident, video emerged from the Voice of America news agency that also appeared to show Erdogan watching over as the fight unfolded.

One of those lawmakers, Republican Edward Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, welcomed news of the charges, urging the state department on Wednesday to "double down" its efforts to "bring these individuals to justice".

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Twelve people were injured in the violent confrontation that took place outside the Turkish ambassador's residence on Sheridan Circle.

Erdogan said the United States had no right to arrest his guards, who he said were protecting him from "terrorists".

Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned U.S. ambassador to Ankara, John Bass, to protest the issue of United States arrest warrants for members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail. He repeatedly urged those with an outstanding warrant to turn themselves over to US officials.

The showdown between Erdogan's guards and the protesters came as tensions between the U.S. and Turkey continued to rise over America's backing of the Syrian Kurdish rebels.

Senate and House members have also raised concerns about the recently announced $1.2 million sale of semi-automatic guns slated for use by Turkish President Erdognan's security detail, many of whom participated in the May 16th attacks. Some Turkish citizens and the head of the president's security detail stepped in. If any are still in the country, they could be expelled if Turkey refuses to waive diplomatic immunity.

A video posted online has shown men in dark suits chasing anti-government protesters and punching and kicking them as police intervened.

This isn't the first time Turkish security officials have faced scrutiny for getting physical with protesters. "We hope that, in the future, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur".

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