The Kurdish Democratic Council in France (CDF-K) organised a colloquium, hosted by Frédéric Mathieu, MP for La France Insoumise and the NUPES (LFI-NUPES) on Thursday in the French parliament to question the 2013 killings of Kurdish activists Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Saylemez.
In the panel, gathered to discuss the judicial investigation, French lawyers said that the French State blocks the truth about the killings. Judges have asked French authorities for the full disclosure of files, but documents about the presumed killer Ömer Güney are partially or fully barred.
Lawyer Jean-Louis Malterre showed some pages, transmitted by the French secret services, to the public.
“Concerning Ömer Güney, this is the first page, and seven pages are following. The truth is being blocked by the State. The (French) State refuses to communicate elements it possesses.”
Lawyer Antoine Comte also showed documents partially barred by the French State. Comte said he was “ashamed of the policy of France”. He admitted that the French judges have done their work very well, but that the French government, and the State, are preventing the entire truth coming out. He described in detail how the press in Turkey discovered that the killings had been ordered directly by the MIT, the Turkish secret services. Comte: “The Turkish press revealed that Güney, the presumed killer, had made a trip to Istanbul and to Ankara, some days before the killings. One month later, the Turkish press showed photos of Güney in Turkey. That was important for us, because till then Güney was described as a kind of reborn Kurd.”
The French and international press indeed had first explained the killings done by “a man who had problems with women”. The second explanation, repeated by the entire press, was that the killings were the result of an “internal dispute inside the PKK”. The truth only came out weeks after the killings, little by little.
Comte: “Then, even more astonishing: We received an audio on YouTube where a person, recognized as Güney, was discussing with secret service personnel asking him “how he would kill them” and “how he would evade after the killing, with a motor?” And finally we received again from the Turkish press the order given to Günay to assassinate, or to commit an attack or sabotage against some persons, amongst them “his cousin”, who was Sakine.” So at the end of the judicial investigation, the Turkish secret services are directly accused.”
In front of an astonished public, lawyer Comte showed the documents that the French secret services had transmitted to the judges, investigating the case: partially or totally barred in black.
“The judges demanded the documents of the French secret services and look what they sent. Take a photo of this! Look what they respond to a French judge who demands that the documents of the French secret services should be added to the investigation.”
Comte finished his speech with a direct accusation of the French State.
“It is the political powers that prevent the truth on this case. It is also the political powers that do not correctly qualify the recent killings of 23 December 2022.”
Though many French politicians promised to declassify the files concerning the assassination of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Saylemez, the reality shows that the French political powers do not want to disclose all the classified files, despite the protests of many politicians and civil society associations in France.