Turkey summons USA ambassador over arrest warrants

Posted June 16, 2017

Earlier in the day, the US authority had issued arrest warrants for 16 people, including 12 bodyguards of the Turkish president, over an incident in May outside Turkey's Washington embassy when several people were injured during a brawl; Erdogan was on an official visit to the U.S.at the time of the incident.

Two other defendants are Canadians, while the rest are Turkish nationals - nine security officers and three police officers, all part of Erdogan's entourage.

According to Nick Fandos of The New York Times who broke the story, "The Washington police have been investigating the May 16 incident along with the State Department and the Secret Service".

Washington police officials confirmed that the two Americans are Sinan Narin, of Virginia, and Eyup Yildirim, of New Jersey. Most of the security detail, who were tasked with guarding the president during his trip to the capitol, face simple assault charges, although two face felony charges of assault causing significant bodily injury.

Twelve Turkish security agents are set to be charged on Thursday over their alleged involvement in a brutal physical attack on demonstrators in Washington DC in May, during the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"We'd like to hear what you have to say", Police Chief Peter Newsham said. Erdogan's security forcibly removed a number of protesters from a venue in Ecuador in February, 2016. Two other men were arrested at the scene - one for aggravated assault and the other for assaulting a police officer.

Police said they would release images of the suspects who they had not been able to identify. Video showed security guards and some Erdogan supporters attacking protesters, leaving nine people hurt. "We support them, we make sure that they are safe, but we also make sure that they follow our law", Bowser said at a press conference.

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

U.S. prosecutors have charged a dozen Turkish security personnel after an attack on protesters during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, prompting an angry denunciation by Turkey's leader.

USA officials and lawmakers from both parties have condemned the Turkish government for the melee.

The action is likely to exacerbate what has become a major irritant in U.S.

The pro-Turkish government newspaper Daily Sabah quoted the president as saying: "We will do everything, politically, diplomatically, to resolve it".

The showdown between Erdogan's guards and the protesters came as tensions between the United States and Turkey continued to rise over America's backing of the Syrian Kurdish rebels. -Turkish relations. A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing protesters and punching and kicking them as Washington police struggled to intervene.

"We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against the protesters", Newsham said.

It is highly unlikely that Turkey would extradite the men to the United States to face the charges, but they do face the possibility of arrest should they ever try to re-enter the country.

Media reported that law enforcement officials plan to announce charges on June 15 against a dozen members of the Turkish president's security detail.