Tur­key protests U.S. in­dict­ment charg­ing Er­do­gan’s se­cu­rity

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

IS­TAN­BUL — Tur­key’s for­eign min­istry says the coun­try protests “in the harsh­est way’’ a U.S. court de­ci­sion to in­dict 19 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 15 Turk­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cials.

The state­ment pub­lished late Wed­nes­day fol­lows Tuesday’s grand jury de­ci­sion in Wash­ing­ton to charge the de­fen­dants with at­tack­ing peace­ful demon­stra­tors dur­ing a visit by Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan on May 16. Tur­key has re­peat­edly told U.S. of­fi­cials that se­cu­rity out­side the am­bas­sador’s home was neg­li­gent and didn’t en­sure the safety of Er­do­gan’s en­tourage amid sym­pa­thiz­ers of an out­lawed Kur­dish mil­i­tant group, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The min­istry called the in­dict­ment “bi­ased’’ and “re­gret­ful,’’ claim­ing it also ac­cused peo­ple who had never been to the U.S.

It an­nounced Tur­key would fol­low le­gal paths to fight the de­ci­sion.

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