Turkey slams US arrest warrants against Erdogan guards

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Ankara has attacked the US’s decision to issue arrest warrants for Turkish security guards who assaulted protesters during President Erdogan’s trip to Washington in May. The violence has been widely condemned.

Arrest warrants issued for Erdogan security detail

“What kind of law is this, what kind of justice?” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. “If these bodyguards aren’t there to protect me, why would I take them with me to America?”

He added that Turkey would fight “politically and judicially” against the warrants.

US authorities on Thursday announced arrest warrants had been issued for 12 members of Erdogan’s security detail for assaulting protesters in Washington last month. The men, all Turkish citizens, include nine security guards and three police officers.

The members of the security detail are among 18 people facing assault charges following the May 16 clash between protesters and security guards outside the Turkish…

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