French Democratic Kurdish Council (CDK-F) spokespeople Berivan Fırat and Agit Polat and lawyers Christian Charrière-Bournazel, David Andic and Jean-Louis Malterre held a press conference on 2 March at the Ahmet Kaya Kurdish Cultural Centre in Paris.
The Kurdish cultural centre was the scene of a deadly shooting on 23 December 2022, when William Mallet murdered Mîr Perwer, Evîn Goyî (Emine Kara) and Abdurrahman Kızıl.
The CDK-F rejected the French authorities’ argument that the attack was based on a “racist motive” and demanded a detailed investigation.
Berivan Polat claimed that psychiatric reports demonstrate the attacker is of a stable mind, saying “he is mentally healthy. However, I am asking by whom he was commissioned to carry out this massacre”.
French lawyer Christian Charrière-Bournazel drew attention to the Turkish state’s hostility towards Kurds by asking questions about the investigation, saying “Is there any evidence that he could be directed by Turkish intelligence while examining his computer and phone?”
Another lawyer, David Andic asked further questions and called on the national anti-terror prosecution office (PNAT) to carry out a clear investigation, asking what kind of a message the French authorities want to convey.
Andic previously said that the shooter’s description of himself as a person with “pathological hatred” also raised suspicions about whether he had received advice from other sources.
Three people were killed and three others were wounded in the 23 December attack, almost 10 years after a similar attack against a Kurdish information centre in Paris.