Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited Erdoğanist thugs Eyüp Yıldırım and Sinan Narin who were arrested by an American court for their role in the beating of peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. during Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Washington in May 2017.
Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu has stated in a post in his official Twitter account that “I visited our brothers Sinan Narin and Eyüp Yıldırım, whose trial has been continuing in Washington, and conveyed the love and greetings of our nation.”
According to a report by the state-run Anadolu news agency, Turkish Foreign Ministry sources have also stated that the officials from Turkish consulate in the US and lawyers have regularly visited Yıldırım and Narin in prison.
Eyüp Yıldırım and Sinan Narin, two Turkish men who are resident in the United States, were arrested by US Marshals on June 15, 2017. The US State Department has stated that “Now that charges have been filed, the Department will weigh additional actions for the named individuals, as appropriate under relevant laws and regulations. Any further steps will be responsive and proportional to the charges.”
The DC Metropolitan Police identified the two men as Eyğp Yıldırım and Sinan Narin. Yildırım, a construction company owner from New Jersey, faces charges of bodily injury and aggravated assault. Narin, from Virginia, is facing charges of aggravated assault.
A State Department official had told Fox News that they had to wait for these charges before they could “kick them out of the country.”
Yıldırım and Narin have been accused of attacking American citizens outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Sheridan Circle, an upscale diplomatic neighborhood in northwest Washington. The demonstrators had gathered to protest the policies of Erdoğan, who was in the capital for a meeting with Donald Trump. When Erdogan later arrived at the ambassadorial residence, his security detail, along with supporters of the Turkish president, was captured in video footage brutally attacking the group of demonstrators. Nine people were injured in the melee.
Erdoğan was also seen in the footage watching his bodyguards assault the protesters. The Turkish Embassy at the time claimed that Erdoğan’s bodyguards were acting in self-defense and that the protesters were affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), allegations denied by the demonstrators.
The violent confrontation sparked an outcry from members of the US Congress and the passage of a resolution demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice.