Turkish bodyguards charged in bloody embassy beatdown

Turkish bodyguards charged in bloody embassy beatdown

Nineteen people have been indicted on charges of attacking protesters outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's diplomatic visit with President Donald Trump in May.

The case threatens to further complicate already tense relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Relations between Ankara and Washington are strained over Washington's support of Syrian Kurdish forces battling the so-called "Islamic State". Some defendants face additional charges.

Sixteen of the defendants had already been charged in June; Tuesday's indictment adds three new defendants, all Turkish security officials.

All but two of the 19 remain at large. Turkey later summoned the U.S. Ambassador to make a formal complaint and demand a full investigation of their treatment.

"We are concerned by the violent incidents involving protestors and Turkish security personnel Tuesday evening".

One of Erdogan's bodyguards, first identified by The Daily Caller as Ismail Dalkiran, was seen choking a Kurdish woman and threatening to kill her.

An elderly man holding a megaphone is kicked in the face, and several women are also hit.

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After police officers struggled to protect the protesters and ordered the men in suits to retreat, several of the men dodged the officers and ran into the park to continue the attacks.

On the day of the violence, police detained two members of Erdogan's security detail but released them shortly afterward. Only the two individuals who were arrested in June are in custody. The State Department has barred the Erdogan security officials implicated in the attack from re-entering the U.S.

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday criticized an indictment targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's security detail, saying it was "biased" and "purely political".

The Turkish Embassy claimed the demonstrators were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

Guards for Erdogan attacked protesters near the embassy in a brawl that was caught on video.

The conspiracy to commit a crime of violence charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison, and the bias enhancements add another 7 ½ years if found true.

At least 12 people were injured in a brutal fight between supporters and opponents of Erdogan outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, DC on May 16.

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