Body­guards on bash charges

The Observer - - NEWS WORLD -

NINE­TEEN peo­ple, in­clud­ing 15 of the Turk­ish President’s body­guards, have been charged over the May 16 beat­ings of peace­ful pro­test­ers in Wash­ing­ton DC.

They are ac­cused of con­spir­ing to at­tack Ar­me­nian and Kur­dish demon­stra­tors – an of­fence pun­ish­able by up to 15 years in jail – as well as as­sault­ing US po­lice who in­ter­vened.

The pro­test­ers were out­side the Wash­ing­ton DC home of the Turk­ish am­bas­sador dur­ing President Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s visit with President Trump when the body­guards be­gan openly and sav­agely punch­ing and kick­ing them.

Six­teen were charged on June 13 and an in­dict­ment on Tues­day added three – all Turk­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cials.

Two were ar­rested in June and face court next week but 17 are at large and some have re­turned to Turkey with Mr Er­do­gan.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney lev­elled 21 counts of as­sault and hate crimes based on the vic­tims’ eth­nic­ity.

PHOTO: VOICE OF AMER­ICA/AP

MAY 16: Turk­ish pres­i­den­tial body­guards lash out in the US.

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