Murder suspect of three PKK terrorists in Paris faces trial

Man suspected of murdering three PKK terrorists in 2013 in Paris faces trial

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Protesters in France call for justice over murder of three female Kurdish PKK members in Paris

A Turkish Parisian suspected of murdering three PKK terrorists in 2013 will face trial in France.

The charge against the 33-year-old suspect Omer Guney is “assassination in connection with a terrorist organisation.”

French judicial sources say the man may have acted upon the request of an organisation or people in Turkey.

The Turkish government stated that the murder may have been in line with internal disputes within outlawed PKK group, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU.

Sakine Cansiz (55), Fidan Dogan (32) and Leyla Soylemez (25), all members of PKK, were killed in January of 2013 in Paris. Their murders created an outrage in Europe’s Kurdish community.

Sakine Cansiz was a founding member of outlawed PKK, while Fidan Dogan was the group’s France and Europe spokeswoman.

The women were murdered amid peace talks between PKK and Turkish government. A ceasefire following 29 years of conflict was to be established, however slightly disrupted by the assassinations.

French security forces had discovered slightly after the attack that Guney, the murderer, also belonged to the PKK terrorist group, and had even served as a driver to one of the slain women.

Following the murders, accusations claiming that the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) was involved in the assassinations had emerged, however Turkey’s MIT denied the accusations, saying “Our agency has nothing whatsoever to do with the murders, an internal administrative investigation has been launched over the allegations.”

The MIT was active in bringing a resolution to the “Kurdish issue,” contributing avidly to the peace process and negotiations with PKK.

Peace talks with PKK were launched in 2012 with the initiative of then prime minister, now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a bid to end the decades long violence in Turkey.

Following a recent wave of increased PKK attacks in Turkey which claimed lives of more than 30 security officials since late July, Ankara has stepped up its efforts to eliminate the militant group with strikes on its targets in Northern Iraq.

TRTWorld and agencies