Criminal charges related to the incident against four of the bodyguards were dismissed last November while the indictment against the seven others was withdrawn February 14, the day before outgoing Secretary of State Rex TIllerson visited Turkey to meet with Erdogan in a bid to mend ties between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District Columbia confirmed that his office filed motions to dismiss charges against seven of the defendants on February 14, and against four others in November of previous year, Reuters reported.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday that State had no role in the decision to drop the charges and that it was exclusively a Justice Department decision.
No reasons were given for government prosecutors' decision to seek dismissal of the cases.
Tillerson met with Erdogan on February 15 in a bid to improve badly strained U.S. We've implemented a "free-will" annual subscription for those who want to support our efforts.
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Two Turkish-Americans involved in the melee pleaded guilty to felony assault charges in December and are scheduled to be sentenced April 5.
Assault charges are still pending against four members of Erdogan's security detail. As President Trump met with President Erdogan. human rights and religious rights groups were joined by representatives of the Kurdish, Yezidi and Armenian communities to call attention to the Erdogan regime's escalating repression against free press, the Kurdish and other ethnic communities, as well as Turkey's ongoing obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide.
The US attorney filed motions to dismiss all charges against seven of the Turkish officers involved just one day before Tillerson met with Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in an attempt to ease increasing tensions with a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the department had no role in the decision.
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