A close associate of Ömer Güney, the suspected murderer of three female Kurdish politicans in Paris in 2013, remains active in the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB) in Germany, it has been revealed.
Ruhi Semen had a close relationship with Güney and was the only person to visit him when he was in prison. The revelation of their relationship has raised concerns over relations between Germany and Turkey regarding the murder of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez.
Though eight years have passed since the murders, an effective investigation has still not been carried out regarding the murders, and Ruhi Semen in particular has been overlooked.
Güney, who travelled to Germany in 2003 and settled in the State of Bavaria, was in frequent communication with Semen and worked with him in the same factory until 2009. Semen is also known for organising Turkish nationalists in Bavaria. Güney died in prison in France on 17 December 2016.
The Firat News Agency revealed in 2013 via photographs that Semen attended a charity sale held by the DİTİB and met with DİTİB executives.