Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee

Videos streamed live from the scene (and later spread across social media) showed armed guards storming a small group of peaceful, anti-Erdogan protesters in plain sight of federal and local law enforcement officers.

Washington police said in a brief statement that Sinan Narin of Virginia was accused of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanour assault.

Mahmut Sami Ellialti and Ahmet Cengizham Dereci face charges of felony assault with significant bodily injury.

"The police did the best they could under the circumstances", Newsham said.

In a separate video, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan could be seen in the driveway of the ambassador's residence watching the melee for a moment before walking inside.

Security agents surround Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's vehicle in Washington, DC.

Neither has been arrested yet; the police described them as "wanted". Officials at the Turkish Embassy in Washington declined to comment Thursday.

A total of four people have been arrested since the violent incident May 16. They are among the most likely to face actual consequences.

Whether or not the Turkish citizens, who were all either Turkish security officers or Turkish police officers, will ever actually face charges in the US remains to be seen. He did not immediately respond to a new request left with a colleague at his company on Thursday.


State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would not say whether the United States plans to seek the extradition of the security officials, who returned to Turkey prior to the completion of the investigation, avoiding arrest.

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

"This is the type of offense that is extreme in nature".

Two protesters also have been charged. Police are expected to release photos of the other 8 possible suspects and appeal to the public for information on their identities, the official said.

Washington mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the incident as "an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans". He also said two arrests were made on Wednesday.

After District of Columbia police announced the charges Thursday, Turkey summoned the USA ambassador in Ankara.

"Alarmingly, this behavior is indicative of the broad crackdowns on political activists, journalists and religious freedom in Turkey that have greatly harmed Turkish democracy in recent years", the letter said.

"If they [the security agents] were to come back to the United States, they would have [outstanding] warrants", said spokesperson Heather Nauert, who read a statement issued earlier by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It occurred in broad daylight on a quiet Washington street soon after Erdogan met Trump at the White House.

As The Two-Way has reported, "The demonstration was arranged by pro-Kurdish and Armenian groups protesting a range of Erdogan policies".


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