Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee

Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee

Arrest warrants out for Turkish agents, others in DC melee

"If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested", Newsham said.

But there was "no probable cause" to seek the arrest of Erdogan, who was seen watching the brawl from inside the parked limo after meeting with Donald Trump at the White House.

Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Mahmut Sami Ellialti and Ahmet Cengizham Dereci, the Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday.

Washington police officials confirmed that the two Americans are Sinan Narin, of Virginia, and Eyup Yildirim, of New Jersey.

The United States Marshals arrested two Turks who attacked peaceful protesters last month in Washington, reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).

Members of Congress from both parties have expressed their continued outrage over the incident, with senators John McCain, R-AZ and Claire McCaskill, D-MO both calling for the expulsion of Turkey's ambassador.

The 14 foreign suspects announced Thursday were identified with the full cooperation of the State Department, Newsham said, by comparing videos of the incident to passport and visa photos. "Now it's time for the Trump Administration to demand that Turkey lift all claims to diplomatic immunity for those involved in this crime so that justice can be served".

Some Turkish security officials were briefly detained at the time by USA law enforcement for their role in the brawl, but they were released on the scene because "customary worldwide law affords heads of state and members of their entourage with inviolability from arrest and detention", a State Department official told ABC News at the time.

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The incident, which coincided with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit, aggravated diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and its longtime ally. Members of the security team face several felony and misdemeanour counts, the U.S. officials said.

"The charges filed against 12 Turkish security officials sends a clear message that the United States does not tolerate individuals who use intimidation and violence to stifle freedom of speech and legitimate political expression", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement read to reporters by Nauert.

"The violent attacks by Turkish security forces on peaceful protestors in Washington were completely and totally unjustified", Royce stated.

One issue is that Erdogan and his team returned to Turkey just hours after the skirmish and it is unlikely that the country would extradite its people to face charges.

But the latest case, which played out in daylight along Washington's genteel Embassy Row, has brought a much higher level of attention.

In the brazen assault, captured in a mosaic of videos collected by theNew York Times, plain-clothes security officers attacked, punched and kicked anti-Erdogan demonstrators who were calling for Kurdish independence.

A chaotic and bloody scene followed in which the guards, protesters, pro-Erdogan civilians and USA law enforcement tangled on the street and in a nearby park.

The incident, which injured nine protesters, further inflamed tensions between Washington and Ankara.

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