If a U.S. court accepts Turkey’s appeal against a law case involving an attack by the security of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on protesters in Washington in 2017, this could pave the way for worse moves on American soil, wrote analyst and former Pentagon official Michael Rubin in the Washington Examiner.
Should a D.C. court dismiss the melee lawsuit, which Turkey has appealed on the basis that it should enjoy sovereign immunity for events perpetrated on Erdoğan’s order, then the United States could be bracing for more trouble from Turkey, Rubin said.
Eleven people were injured and nine were taken to the hospital in May 2017 after Erdoğan’s security detail attacked protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party outside the Turkish president’s residence in the U.S. capital.
The brawl came the same day that Erdoğan met his American counterpart Donald Trump at the White House, where the two leaders promised to strengthen strained ties despite the Turkish president’s warning to Trump about arming the Kurdish militants in the region.
Turkey has appealed the case led the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, citing the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Federal Tort Claims Act, and Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, Rubin wrote.
According to Rubin, the Turkish civil organizations, such as the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), collect data on dissident Turks in the United States of America, most of them political opponents to Erdoğan, and pass them to the Turkish government.
“Turkey not only gathers intelligence on Erdoğan opponents abroad” but in fact seeks to abduct and kill them, Rubin added.
Altough no any kidnapping attempts occurred in the United States, former national security adviser Michael Flynn allegedly participated at a meeting where abduction of Gülen from Pennsylvania was discussed.
Gülen once Erdoğan´s ally now turned into his adversary is in self-exile in Pennsylvania and wanted by Erdoğan as the latter accuses the cleric of masterminding the July 2016 failed coup in Turkey. Gülen vehemently rejects all accusations.
On Sunday, Al Arabiya reported that Turkey signed secret agreements with multiple states that allowed for the expulsion or abduction of more than 100 Turkish nationals living abroad, citing a joint letter penned by United Nations rapporteurs.