Former secret agent: Güney is the member of MIT / More of conspiracy theories


NEWS CENTER (DIHA) – Murat Şahin, a former member of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) living in Switzerland, said that Ömer Güney, the man under arrest since 19 January in connection with the killings in Paris of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez, is a member of the MIT.

Sakine Cansız, a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Fidan Doğan, representative of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) in Paris, and Leyla Şaylemez, member of the Kurdish youth movement, were executed in Paris on 9 January. The motives and perpetrators of the execution still remain unknown, as well as the details about the only suspect, Ömer Güney.

Speaking to the Daily Yeni Özgür Politika about the Paris killings, MIT agent Murat Şahin claimed that Ömer Güney was a member of the intelligence agency and, added, he was working for the same MIT unit he was working for. According to the daily paper, Şahin said he told what he knows about Güney to help shedding light on the killings of the three Kurdish women. Şahin remarked that he is ready to bear testimony should the French Prosecutor leading the investigation call him.

Şahin’s name had widespread media coverage last year when he was arrested in an operation which targeted the Devrimci Karargah (Revolutionary Headquarters) organization on 6 December 2011. Şahin was released within a week after he stated, as Turkish media reported, in his testimony that he was a member of MIT. Şahin’s file was separated from the file of the other people arrested with him and his work for the intelligence agency was mentioned in the file of the other people detained.

Şahin said he begun having problems after his return to Switzerland following his release because, he claimed, Turkish authorities wanted to use him as a witness in what he said would be a joined KCK (Kurdish Communities Union), Ergenekon and Devrimci Karargah trial. Şahin said the unveiling of his name had a negative impact on his family and inner circle, and that he felt he had been exploited. “Upon my father’s insistence, I decided to quit the job after this incident as I had no other choice but to either hide behind MIT or sever all ties with them”.

According to Şahin, he first started to work for MIT in 2006 after someone, called Mutlu, summoned him to the Turkish Embassy in Zurich and nearly obliged him to start working with them, warning that he would jeopardize his family’s safety if he happened to refuse the proposal. Şahin said he had continued to work with another official from the Turkish Embassy in Bern, Ali Doğan, who replaced Mutlu after four years.

Şahin said he had seen Ömer Güney in a photo another MIT agent had showed him during a visit to Ankara.

Şahin said: “I never met Ömer nor worked with him but the “Aunt” [the code-name of the woman who lead the unit Şahin worked for in Ankara] once showed me Ömer’s photo and asked me ‘Do you know this heval (friend in Kurdish) who is our member in Paris?’. When I told her that I didn’t know him, she didn’t ask or say anything else. She was probably checking if I knew him or not. I have no doubt that the person on the photo was Ömer Güney. Şahin said he believed Ömer was the man who pulled the trigger but that he was accompanied by some other people in Paris. He added: “It is impossible for him to commit these murders alone, he must have been assisted by 2 or 3 well-trained agents. The Paris killings must have been organized by MIT members who side with war. It is known that some of its members side with war and some others with a solution of the Kurdish question. If Ömer had not been arrested, he would have either been taken out of Paris or something “strange” would have happened to him. If he is the one who pulled the trigger, he may not speak nor give any detail.”

Şahin said that Ömer Güney’s infiltration in a Kurdish association was a well known method and added; “It is quite easy to infiltrate the associations in Europe but the difficult thing is to establish a close relationship with the targets. I guess Ömer gained their trust by showing a sociable, friendly, easygoing attitude. It would otherwise have been difficult for him to get so close to the targets”. Şahin pointed out that he could tell French police and judiciary what he knows about the suspect on conditions of their granting him security. “As a Kurd, I am ashamed of this incident”, added Şahin who said he came from a Kurdish family from the district of Karakoçan in Elazığ.