Investigation of Paris massacre points to Turkey

ANF – PARIS 15.12.2013Antoine Comte, the lawyer representing the families of the 3 Kurdish women murdered in Paris on 9 January this year, has told ANF that there has been “great progress” made in the investigation, and that developments “pointed to Turkey”. The lawyer emphasised that “there are many elements that indicate the responsibility of the Turkish state”.

It is nearly a year since founder member of the PKK, Sakine Cansız (Sara), KNK Paris Representative Fidan Doğan (Rojbin) and movement member Leyla Şaylemez’in (Ronahi) were shot dead in Paris. Due to concerns of confidentiality no information is being provided regarding the inquiry, but in an interview with ANF lawyer Antoine Comte said that “there are many elements pertaining to Turkish state responsibility” for the murders.  

There are many questions awaiting answers regarding the murders in Paris of three Kurdish women on 9 January 2013. At what stage is the investigation? Has there been any real progress made?

Yes. According to French law lawyers have to comply with the principle of confidentiality during the investigation. This applies to both sides, defence and prosecution. But I have to say that there has been major progress made. The inquiry points to Turkey. This is significant.

Have the authorities finally accepted the political character of these murders?

If the investigation is pointing towards Turkey then I believe the political character will emerge. At first they said it was a crime of jealousy. No one dares say that now. They also said it was an internal settling of accounts in the PKK. No one can say that any more. The Turkey connection to the murderer, telephone conversations and technical data is known. There are many elements that point to Turkish state responsibility. I don’t know whether the relationship with Turkey pertains to extreme right wing groups. He is someone who has many links to the most radical Turkish extremists. He has three crescent moons on his ring.

Regarding this case I think there are two police organisations that behave very differently. While one carries out real criminal investigations the other has the task of archiving the Kurds. But I can honestly say that serious people working on this case have abandoned the idea of this being a jealousy killing.

In that case can we say that now the investigation is oriented towards Turkey?

Yes. From now on it is to do with whether the Turks will assist us. This is an important issue. What should be done to ensure the Turks help us? It is very unusual for a state to provide information about its agents, or a person working for it. In order for the Turkish state to speak to the whole of Europe, not just to the French, the issue must become a Europe-wide one.

Why does this issue interest other European countries?

These murders took place in the Schengen area. Sakine Cansız had political asylum in Germany. Fidan came to France as a child and some members of her family are French citizens. Europe should take an interest in this case and demand answers from the Turkish authorities.

You made an application to the prosecutor for an investigation into whether Ömer Güney was being monitored by the French intelligence services. But your request was rejected on the grounds that it “has no relevance to the incident”. Will this question remain unanswered?

There is movement on this question. I asked this question because it is the task of French intelligence services to know the identity of foreign agents active on their territory. Initially, they said this was irrelevant and unnecessary, but we objected and will now ask the question at the Court of Appeal. Things are changing and we have new information so perhaps it will be easier to ask the question.

What is this new information you mention?

New factors indicate Turkey. I cannot say any more. I think this is sufficiently clear.

Do you think that the burglary on 23 September at the house of the anti-terror judge Jeanne Duyé, who is dealing with this case, bears any relation to this investigation?

I am not in a position to say. Of course, whenever there is a break-in at a judge’s house one thinks of intrigue, but only the police or the judge could answer this question.

Are there investigations into the Paris murders in other European countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands?

Yes. In the Netherlands, and in Germany, where Ömer Güney spent part of his youth, there is also an investigation being conducted.

Have these investigations unearthed new information?

A lot is known, but I have to remind you that I cannot speak on account of professional confidentiality. 

How long will this confidentiality last?

Until the investigation has been completed.

When do you think the investigation will be completed?

I think it will be completed within a year.

Is there any information pertaining to the participation of a second person in the murders?

At the beginning of the investigation the prosecutor said a different DNA to that of Ömer Güney had been found on a cartridge case. What should be understood from this?

There was a genetic trace on a cartridge case, but DNA does not have any specific meaning. If you touch someone your DNA will be left behind. There will be coincidental traces of DNA left on your clothes. The fact there is a second DNA does not mean a second person was involved. The trace was on a cartridge case, not the weapon, which has yet to be found. This does not mean a lot.

Has Ömer Güney not made any confession?

He is too professional to confess. This is my opinion.