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Ex Turkish Officer Admits Targetting Kurds in Europe

Sunday 21 February 2021

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PARIS (ANF News) – A former head of Turkish military intelligence service, Ismail Hakkı Pekin, recently admitted on Turkish TV that the murders of the three Kurdish revolutionaries Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez in Paris on 9 January 2013 were a state operation. He also advocated for other political murders of Kurdish executives.

Pekin said "KCK (Koma Civakên Kurdistan “Union of Kurdistan Communities”) executive should be targeted in Iraq, Syria and Europe. They have their elements in Europe as well. We must also target these executive in Europe. I mean, this has already been done in Paris".

The Confederation of the Communities of Kurdistan in Germany (KON-MED) demanded that France investigate the Paris murders and ensure that all those responsible are brought to justice.

KON-MED remarks that Turkish military intelligence (MIT) in Germany is regularly associated with contract killings of Kurdish opposition members and that the whole of Germany serves as a platform for espionage and propaganda networks of the Turkish regime.

It was not until November that the Ministry of the Interior of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia announced that MIT activities in Germany were “largely dedicated to spying on the opposition”. The ministry also warned of attacks by Turkish nationalists on opposition activists in exile from Turkey and of supposedly independent organizations such as the Union of Democrats (UID) and DITIB. The report by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior says: “Active control and guidance by MIT employees who work in Germany is often not necessary, since information can also be sent via third parties or as part of home visits.”


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