Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Two Canadians among those sought by US authorities over attack on protesters


"And the leveling of charges might embolden other countries to ignore similar immunity agreements, putting USA diplomats overseas at risk". 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. Another wrenched a woman's neck and threw her to the ground.

11 people were injured during the confrontation.

Similarly, the Washington, D.C. police chief said the department would arrest any of the individuals if they returned to the US, although he would rather they turn themselves in.

Sinan Narin, of Virginia, was charged with aggravated assault yesterday. Both face charges of assault causing significant bodily injury.

Public defender David Holman sought home confinement, arguing that Yildirim wasn't a flight risk and had never been convicted of anything before. The State Department has said it had made its concern known to Turkey "in the strongest possible terms".

Holman told the judge that Yildirim has received death threats because of the case. He is now awaiting extradition in New Jersey. Now formal charges will be brought against a dozen guards who were involved, in addition to charges filed against others involved in the melee.

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Narin and Yildirim were both participants in the protests, according to a USA official familiar with the case.

The two men arrested Wednesday are Turkish nationals. Turkey is also a key USA ally in its campaign against Islamic State militants, but the two nations have butted heads over their respective relationships with Kurdish fighters, some of whom the US has armed even though Turkey claims the groups are terrorist organizations. However, the city's police chief said investigators had insufficient evidence to charge Erdogan in what he characterized as a "pretty brutal" attack.

Bass was also informed that the tolerance of the U.S. authorities towards the protesters who came within a few metres of the Turkish residence with the flags and symbols of the PKK, which both Ankara and Washington recognise as a terrorist organisation, run counter to any understanding of justice.

The paper further reported, however, that it was high unlikely that any of those charged would face extradition to the United States, although they would face arrest if they ever returned. Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert declined to say what actions might be taken, but the US could seek the extradition of the Turkish suspects or bar them from entering the United States. The company did not return a request for comment.

"We do not care particularly what your views are, what you support or what you do not support", he added.

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