Supreme Court rejects Turkey’s bid to stop US brawl lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Turkey’s proposal to stay the case in U.S. courts. Fierce brawl outside Turkish ambassador’s residence More than five years ago in Washington, anti-government demonstrators were severely beaten.

The judge did not comment on denying Turkey’s claim that U.S. law protects foreign countries from most lawsuits. I have ruled that it does not apply. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan“Turkish security forces clashed violently with crowds of protesters,” one judge described the situation.

A Supreme Court decision allows the case to proceed. In the lawsuit, the protesters allege they were brutally beaten, kicked, swearing, and greeted with slanderous and throat-slitting gestures. Other women reported post-traumatic stress, depression, concussions, and nightmares.

The High Court had been deferring a decision on whether to intervene for months, seeking the Biden administration’s view on the legal issues presented.

In a high court filing, the Justice Department said Turkey could be sued in such circumstances, concluding that the lower courts were correct in ruling that U.S. allies have no legal immunity.

Turkish government lawyers told the court that Erdogan’s security forces had the discretion to use physical force because they were protecting the head of state in potentially dangerous situations.

They described some protesters as “supporters of foreign terrorist organizations designated by the United States that pose a genuine national security threat to Turkey.”

quarrel caught on camera and charged Two of them pleaded guilty to some of Erdogan’s security officials and private supporters. Most other charges were dropped.

A riot broke out on the way back to the ambassador’s residence after Erdogan visited the White House. Him and then-President Donald Trump He pledged to cooperate in the fight against Islamic State.

Erdogan remained in the car after arriving at the ambassador’s residence while the first skirmish took place. The lawsuit alleges he ordered his second, more violent attack. Turkey says it has not done so.