The investigation into the 2013 assassination of three Kurdish activists will resume

The mystery remains on the assassination in 2013 in Paris of three Kurdish activists. At the request of families who claim to deepen the thesis of the involvement of the Turkish secret service (MIT), an anti-terrorism judge was charged Tuesday to resume the investigation.

The families had filed, in March 2018, a complaint with constitution of civil part to obtain the resumption of the investigations on the possible sponsors and accomplices of these murders. The only suspect, the Turk Omer Güney, died of brain cancer in late 2016 on the eve of his trial in Paris.

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On the basis of this new complaint, the Paris prosecutor's office, which had already reopened the investigation in 2017 before classifying it without further action, had to open on Tuesday a judicial inquiry for "complicity in assassinations in connection with a terrorist enterprise" and "Criminal terrorist criminal association", according to a judicial source.

"It is historic, the end of impunity for political assassinations in France sponsored from abroad," said Antoine Comte, lawyer of one of the families. Omer Güney was accused of killing Kurdish activists Sakine Cansiz, 54, one of the founders of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), 28-year-old Fidan Dogan and 24-year-old Leyla Saylemez on 9 January 2013. from the Kurdistan Information Center in Paris, several bullets in the head.

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His death had led to the extinction of the public action against him. But at the beginning of 2017, the families had requested the continuation of investigations via a first complaint with new documents reinforcing, according to them, the thesis of a "operation planned by the Turkish secret services".

No proven link with Turkish information

If Omer Güney, who claimed his innocence, was the only defendant, the French investigators had indeed pointed "the involvement" of members of the Turkish secret service, the MIT, without appointing sponsors. However, the investigations had not made it possible to establish whether any MIT agents possibly involved had acted "with the approval of their hierarchy" or "without the knowledge of their service in order to discredit (the MIT) or to harm the peace process "between Ankara and the PKK, said a source close to the dossier.

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Turkish media broadcast a recording of a conversation between a man portrayed as Omer Güney and two service agents, as well as a document similar to a "mission order" for Güney. In January 2014, MIT officially denied any involvement.

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