Ömer Güney's collaborator is still in DITIB

Ruhi Semen, the collaborator of Ömer Güney, the hitman of the Paris Massacre, is still active in DITIB, one of the important institutions of the AKP-MHP government in Germany.

One of the founders of the PKK, Sakine Cansiz, KNK Paris Representative Fidan Doğan and Kurdish Youth Movement Member Leyla Şaylemez were murdered in Paris, France, on January 9, 2013. Hitman Ömer Güney, who was caught by the Kurds, died suspiciously in France on December 17, 2016.

Although 8 years have passed since the massacre, the role of Ruhi Semen, Ömer Güney's collaborator in Germany, is still not fully clarified. Güney, who came to Germany for marriage in 2003 and settled in the town of Bad Tölz in the State of Bavaria, maintained a close relationships with him. Semen, who was also a headworker of a factory called "Kinshofer GmbH" where Güney worked until 2009, is a member of the Turkish state's organizations in Germany for a long time, and even organized Turkish nationalist groups in Bavaria.

SEMEN, THE ONLY ONE WHO MET GÜNEY IN  PRISON

Speaking to ANF in the last days of January 2013 after his identity was revealed, Güney and his colleagues at the factory where Semen was working pointed to the close relationship of the two, but the French and German authorities had never launched an investigation against Semen. Moreover, Semen was reported as the only person who visited Güney in prison.

Ruhi Semen applied to the French judge in November 2013 saying that he was a close friend of the murderer suspect and wanted to see him. A visitor to Güney, who was not even visited by his family members until that day, did not escape the judge's attention. The French judge had given him permission. Güney conveyed the plan to escape from the prison to Semen with a note he wanted to send to the MIT (Turkih intelligence service), which was deciphered due to the attention of the French security units.

Ruhi Semen, who was not questioned by the police and judicial units of the German state when it was revealed during his meeting with Güney on January 4, 2014 that he was working for Turkish intelligence, went to Turkey. According to the research conducted by ANF on the anniversary of the January 9 massacre, Semen, who returned to Germany years later, continues its activities in DITIB, which works for MIT.

Semen has been an active figure in the mosque and its association in Miesbach, DITIB for many years. Both towns Bad Tölz and Schliersee where Ömer Güney lived in Bavaria are connected to  Miesbach. In a photograph received by ANF, Semen is seen with a DITIB manager at a charity organized by DITIB in the summer of 2013. The picture showed that the two had a warm friendship. Semen  turned out to be still active in the DITIB after returning from Turkey in the summer of 2020.

MANAGER OF THE SPORT CLUB GÜNEY WORKED FOR

Semen frequently posts on an account called "DITIB Miesbach" on virtual networks. Semen, which is not limited to DITIB, continues to manage the sports club named “Türkspor Hausham”, where Turkish nationalists are generally active. The hitman Ömer Güney had worked for an association belonging to the club until 2011, when he left the factory where he was working in 2009, and when he moved to Paris. The town of Schliersee, the last residence of Güney, was also about 3 km away from Türkspor club.

It is estimated that Güney was trained to assassinate Kurdish politicians by Ruhi Semen and other members of the MIT while working in this club. Later, the German government, which responded to the Left Party's question, reported that Güney was checked by the police twice on different dates. During a traffic check on November 7, 2005, an unlicensed weapon, often used by athletes, was found in the Güney's car. On February 4, 2011, during a traffic check, Güney was caught with tear spray and a knife.

WAS SEMEN PROTECTED BY GERMANY?

It is noteworthy that the German security units, which needed to investigate or pursue Güney, turned a blind eye to his collaborator Ruhi Semen this time. Despite the documentation of his relations with Güney and the ongoing lawsuit in France, it is possible that Semen is given a guaranty not to be investigated for his re-arrival in Germany about 6 years later. It is also stated that the AKP-MHP government may have sent Seymen to Germany for new duties.

The Turkish-Islamic Union of Religious Affairs (DITIB), which works under the Turkish Religious Affairs institution with nearly 900 mosques in Germany, is the most important part of the Erdogan regime's intelligence network. After the July 15 coup attempt, while the Erdogan government dismissed many imams on the grounds that they were members of the Gülen Community, DITIB administrators and imams have been specially elected and sent to Germany in recent years. Because apart from the so-called religious service, the most important duty of imams is espionage and propaganda.

MIT'S ACTIVITIES ARE IGNORED

It has been documented many times in recent years that DITIB operates as an intelligence agency of the Erdogan regime. At the same time, these imams, who have civil servant status in the Turkish state's Diyanet, transfer the information they collect about the Erdogan regime opponents to the consulates they are affiliated with or to the MIT through the Religious Attaché of the Turkish Embassy in Berlin. In 2017, when the relationship between the Merkel government and the Erdogan regime broke down, an espionage investigation was opened against 19 DITIB officials. Having made no progress in the investigation, the federal German prosecutor closed the file and shelved it.

Undoubtedly, the organization of the MIT in Germany is not limited to DITIB. The most important country where MIT organized through consulates, lobbying organizations, associations, banks, travel agencies is Germany. In the news program "Zoom" broadcast on German ZDF channel last June, the activities of the Turkish intelligence MIT in Germany were reported and it was pointed out that there were 8 thousand people working for the MIT in Germany.