Germany does not arrest collaborator of MIT member

Despite the investigation launched against Aziz D., a collaborator of MIT member Ali Demir, who was caught with a gun in Düsseldorf last year, no arrest warrant was issued.

Caught in a police raid on a hotel in Düsseldorf in September 2021, MIT member Ali Demir has been collecting information about the opponents of the AKP-MHP regime living in Germany since 2018. The security units that examined the mobile phone of Demir, who was detained and then arrested as a result of a complaint by a hotel employee who noticed the gun and many bullets found in Demir's room, determined his connections with MIT.

Confessing that he worked for MIT in the trial that started at the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court on 17 March 2022, Demir admitted that he followed a Kurdish politician living in Germany and two people close to the Gülen Movement.

Turkish citizen Ali Demir, who took advantage of the "law of remorse", gave detailed information about his spying activities for MIT in the trial that concluded in June. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Among other things, Demir also gave important information about his collaborator Aziz D.

At the beginning of August, the Federal Prosecutor General's Office in Karlsruhe launched an investigation against Aziz D., a German citizen. While the Chief Prosecutor's Office officials left ANF's questions about the details of the investigation unanswered, it is understood that Aziz D. was Ali Demir’s most important collaborator.

According to the investigation carried out by the prosecutor's office, Aziz D. is the person who supplied the gun and bullets found on Ali Demir. In addition, it was learned that Aziz D. and Ali Demir went to shooting practice together. However, despite all this evidence, Aziz D. was not taken into custody and remained free pending trial.

12 investigations in the last three years

In Germany, which is one of the countries with the strongest Turkish spy network worldwide, MIT was organized through mosques, consulates, banks and even travel agencies linked or run by DITIB, which is affiliated to the Turkish state's Diyanet.

Four investigations were launched against MIT personnel in 2020 and 7 in 2021. Only one person was under investigation in the first 6 months of 2022. It is estimated that the person under investigation this year is Aziz D.

While the espionage investigation opened against 19 DITIB member imams at the beginning of 2017 was closed as a result of negotiations between the Merkel government and the Erdoğan regime, Ali Demir became the first person to receive a prison sentence in the MIT cases. Mehmet Fatih Sayan, a MIT agent who gathered information about Kurdish politicians in Europe and planned an assassination between 2014 and 2016, received a punishment which was like a reward. Announced in October 2017, the Hamburg Court gave the green light for Sayan to stay in Germany by declaring that he was "not a professional" and released him from prison on the condition of a 2-year "judicial control".

Again in May 2015, three people who were tried in a case opened against a cell of Turkish intelligence were released on bail of 70,000 Euros. Erdogan's advisers, Muhammed Taha Gergerlioğlu, Ahmet Y. and Göksel G, were in charge of spying on Kurdish and Alevi dissidents living in Germany and sending the information they gathered to the MIT. Despite a lot of evidence, Gergerlioğlu and his team were released after a meeting between Erdoğan and then-Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in October 2015.