US Marshals arrest 2 Turkish men accused of role in embassy beating

Halil Mutlu cousin of Recep Erdogan and Eyup Yildirim

Two Canadians of Turkish origin were also charged in the incident.

Newsham said police worked with the U.S. State Department and the Secret Service to identify the suspects.

Sinan Narin of Virginia was arrested at his job near McLean, Virginia and charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner. Yildirim was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor assault count. And a year ago, the police and members of Mr Erdogan's security team clashed with demonstrators outside the Brookings Institution in Washington. "If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested", he said.

Shortly after Erdogan's limousine pulled up, his security officers and supporters rushed across the street at the protesters "in a almost simultaneous, coordinated throng", the detective said. The two Americans were arrested on Wednesday. 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.

The State Department spokesperson told reporters that global law allows heads of state customary protections/immunity for members of an entourage, which they lose upon leaving the US.

Nine people were wounded in the fight that took place on May 16 outside in Sheridan Circle in downtown Washington, D.C., with the brutal altercation captured by news cameras and on cellphones.

"Anyone traveling to the United States will be held to that same standard", she said.

Likewise, the US Ambassador to Turkey was summoned before Turkish officials who objected to the way the situation was handled.

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The ministry also noted that such an incident would not have occurred had US authorities taken the proper measures they take during similar high level visits.

A Police officer pushes a man away from protesters during a violent clash outside the Turkish ambassador's residence between protesters and security personnel in Washington, DC, May 16, 2017.

If Turkey refuses to extradite them, the men could be arrested if they return to the United States in some capacity where they wouldn't have diplomatic immunity. The attack occurred during Erdogan's visit to Washington to meet with President Trump, who has spoken favorably of Erdogan's increasingly undemocratic government. Video of the melee appears to show Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards punching and kicking Armenian and Kurdish protesters who oppose the president.

Video footage showed men in suits charging past police to kick and punch protesters.

The New York Times reported that law enforcement officials planned to announce charges on Thursday against a dozen members of the Turkish president's security detail.

The incident has certainly raised tensions with Turkey, and American officials may continue to be disappointed with their attacks on protesters.

Despite all the ballyhoo about first amendment rights and Capitol Hill's eagerness to contrast American freedom of speech with Erdogan's strongman tactics, Turkey doesn't seem particularly embarrassed.

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