Online panel discusses Turkey’s intelligence activities, murders and threats abroad
Antoine Comte, lawyer of three Kurdish women revolutionaries murdered in France, Jan Fermon, lawyer of the PKK case in Belgium, Frank Jasenski, lawyer of Kurdish politicians in Germany and Kurdish politician Ferda Çetin attended the panel.
The Brussels Kurdish Institute organized an online panel to address the intelligence activities, murders and threats of the Turkish state abroad.
Antoine Comte, lawyer of three Kurdish women revolutionaries murdered in France, Jan Fermon, lawyer of the PKK case in Belgium, Frank Jasenski, lawyer of Kurdish politicians in Germany and Kurdish politician Ferda Çetin attended the panel as speakers.
Belgian peace activist Ludo de Brabander led the panel on Zoom.
"TURKISH STATE'S DEPARTMENT FOR MURDERS ABROAD"
Kurdish politician Ferda Çetin made the first speech and remarked that the Turkish state has established a state agency and regulations to commit murders abroad.
Çetin said; "We are discussing Turkish persecution of Kurdish dissidents outside of Turkey. There are dozens of well-known incidents that have become public. But there is, in fact, a special department within the Turkish state to carry out these activities through its intelligence agency (MIT). This is still a functioning department: MIT Foreign Operations Department. When it comes to foreign operations, one should not only think about its legal foreign activities. There is a regulation issued by the Turkish state's intelligence agency, which is called Anti-Terror Award Regulation. According to the regulation, a reward of 4 million Turkish Lira (more than 500 thousand US dollar) is to be given for the capture of the executives of the “terrorist organization” and 2 million Turkish Lira (more than 250 thousand US dollar) for mid-level directors in Europe. The key term here is to capture. This is a regulation on murders since it is not considered that the executives or subordinates should be tried through legal courts.This is not a new situation. The annihilation policy of the Turkish state has been implemented since Turkey's establishment to purge dissidents abroad. The problem is that the European Union and its member countries remain silent.”
COMTE: MIT CARRIED OUT THE TRIPLE MURDER IN PARIS
Antoine Comte recalled the murder of three female revolutionaries on January 9, 2013 in Paris. He pointed to MIT’s hitman Ömer Güney and also mentioned an "assassination order" signed by the MIT administrators. Noting that the signatures in this document were confirmed by the German authorities, Comte added, "It is clear that the MIT organized the murders in Paris."
Stating their demand for a new investigation be opened after the death of Ömer Güney, Comte said that they propounded that Turkish intelligence services have been active in many countries and attempted to attack the Kurdish dissidents. He cited assassination attempts targeting the Kurds in Belgium and Germany.
The lawyer also talked about the statements of the political leaders of the time after the Paris killings.
FERMON: TURKEY IS EXPORTING TERROR
Belgian lawyer Jan Fermon pointed to the statement of İsmail Hakkı Pekin, a former director of the MIT, regarding the Paris killings and said, "I think this is an international scandal."
İsmail Hakkı Pekin had said that the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) administrators should be targeted in Qandil in a program broadcast on CNN Türk TV channel on February 16 and added:"There are elements of these in Europe. We have to do something to its elements in Europe. I mean, it was done in Paris before, but yes… "
Fermon said the European countries "should have immediately reacted to Turkey", stressing that the call for murder constitutes a crime.
For Fermon, all these events directly point to the MIT’s involvement. "This is definitely not tolerable in Europe. The European countries should give immediate diplomatic response to Turkey which is exporting terrorism", he said.
JASENSKI: GERMAN GOVERNMENT REMAINS SILENT
Frank Jasenski, the lawyer of many Kurdish politicians prosecuted in Germany, said, "Obviously, the German government knows the Turkish state's activities in Germany, yet it does not follow a policy to stop these illegal activities, because it supports the Turkish state."
Jasens stressed that the European governments must stop these activities of the Turkish state. "The persecution of the Kurds should be stopped," he added.