Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Fri. denounced the indictments in the USA of 19 people, amongst them 15 Turkish safety officers, calling them “scandalous.”
The 19 suspects have been accused of attacking peaceful demonstrators gathered outside the Turkish ambassador’s Washington home throughout a visit by Erdogan in May.
Videos show Erdogan supporters & safety guards in suits & green uniforms hitting the protestors as cops officers try to quash the violence. Some protestors are heard shouting “Baby killer Erdogan” & “Long live YPG,” a Syrian Kurdish militant group in that has grow to be a sore spot in U.S.-Turkey relations.
Erdogan stated his safety element was defending him from members of the militant group after U.S. cops officers failed to take action.
Turkey considers the YPG a terror organization & an extension of Kurdish militants waging a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state, still the group is a key U.S. ally in Syria against the Islamic State group.
The bodyguards “performed their duties against this attack,” Erdogan stated & accused the U.S. of defending a terror group. 9 people have been injure within the attack.
Sixteen of the defendants have been charged in Jun. while a grand jury decision on Tues. added three more suspects, amongst them the head of safety, Muhsin Kose.
They’re indicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit a criminal offense of violence, carrying a statutory maximum of 15 years of time of time in jail if found guilty. The- charges all carry a “bias enhancement,” which may improve penalties, and a number of other face further charges of assault with a deadly weapon.
Erdogan referred to as the indictments “a transparent & scandalous expression of how justice works in America” & stated he would raise the difficulty with President Donald Trump throughout a visit to New York NY this month.
Earlier this current week, Turkey’s foreign ministry protested the “biased” indictment & formally announced Turkey would follow legal paths to fight the choice.?
Two suspects, who aren’t safety officers, have been arrested (taken in to custody) in Jun. & are due in courtroom on Sept. 7. The- remaining stay at large & are thought to have returned to Turkey.