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 Suspect in Paris Killings was a strange lad, says landlord

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Suspect in Paris Killings was a strange lad, says landlord  24.1.2013 


Omer Guney, 30, was charged in France on Monday with the January 9 triple murder. Photo: ANF/Turkish media
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January 24, 2013

MUNICH, Germany,—  Firat news agency ANF spoke to the German landlord of the house where Ömer Güney had lived for about a year before he moved from Germany in mid 2012. The householder described Güney as a person with fascist ideas and quoted him saying "If you are a Nazi, I am an Ottoman Turk", during a discussion.

Ömer Güney, 30, from Şarkışla district of Sivas, has been arrested in Paris on 19 July in connection with the killings of Sakine Cansız,a co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Fidan Doğan, representative of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) in Paris and Leyla Şaylemez, member of the Kurdish youth movement who were found dead in the Kurdistan Information Office in Paris on 10 January. Güney was charged with the triple murder last Monday.

The old German landlord, who wished to remain anonymous, gave some information about suspect Güney's recent days in Germany.

According to the landlord, Ömer Ziya Güney lived in his house in the town of Schliersee, 50 km far from Munich, from mid 2011 until August of 2012 when he hastily left the house with a group of people accompanying him.

"Ömer Güney told us that he had moved to our house after he divorced from his wife in the town of Bad Tölz. He used to live alone, we didn't see anybody coming to visit him home. He was very kind to us and he always paid the rent on time, we never had any problem with him. He also spoke German fluently", said the landlord.

Asked about Güney's political opinion, the landlord said: "It was obvious that he was a Turkish nationalist. One day we had a discussion with him for an unimportant reason as I asked him why he had a buzz cut. He immediately stood up in anger and shouted at me 'You may be a Nazi but I am an Ottoman Turk'. Only a person with fascist ideas can say this to a German".

The landlord said that he last saw Ömer Güney in mid-August when he seemed quite nervous; "His family returned from a holiday in Turkey that day and


they came here instead of going to France. Ömer seemed quite nervous as he told us that he was going to France with his family and leaving his household goods to us in return for the rent of that month".

The landlord added that; "He told us those people were his parents and sisters. We suggested to go and see Schliersee, but they said they were in a hurry and left together with two cars, one of which had a French numberplate and the other a German one. The cars were large and full with people. He introduced the two women there to us as his sisters. One of them spoke English with us when we warned them as they were making noise that night."

The German landlord says that police has not asked him any information.

Flat mate tells about Ömer Güney

In Paris, ANF spoke to Y.A., the home mate of Ömer Güney, suspect of the killings of Sakine Cansýz, a co-founder of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), Fidan Doðan, representative of the KNK (Kurdistan National Congress) in Paris, and Leyla Þaylemez, member of the Kurdish youth movement, in Paris on 9 July.

Y.A. Had also been taken into custody with Güney in connection with the killings but was later released as he was proved to have no links with the executions.

Suspect Güney is once again described as a person with a “dark side” by his home-mate who says Güney won the trust of the people in the Kurdish community by making translations for the Kurds at the Villiers-le-Bel centre which he joined in November of 2011.

According to the statements by his home mate, Güney would always carry a screwdriver, a knife and sprayer with him. He once brought an arm to the house where he had been living with two other people for the last one and a half month, says his home mate Y.A. who notes that “He claimed the arm was a blank firing gun, when we reprehended him”.

There are also some attention-grabbing points as to the suspect in whose room the raid French police found 4 or 5 mobile phones during the raid after his detention. Neither the Kurdish association nor his home mates know anything about Güney's relations with his family, his coming from Germany to Paris or his life before he joined the association.

“I know him for the last one year as someone from the Villiers-le-Bel Association. We didn't have much conversation at first but in time we started to be on familiar terms with him. He appeared to be an easy going and calm person. I trusted him as I observed him having contacts with the friends at the association. He would always tell us that he wanted to achieve something in life”, says his home mate who tells that he opened his door to Güney because of his relations with the people at the association. “We were three people sharing the same house for the last one and a half month”, he adds.

Y.A. tells that Güney seemed to have sympathy for the Kurdish guerrilla movement and seemed to be intended to dedicate his life to this movement.

Asked about Güney's relations with Kurdish circles in France, Y.A. notes that; “He told me that he had grown up in France before he moved to Germany for some time, married there and then divorced after some time”.

Y.A. said Güney told him that he had been threatened by Turkish circles who criticized him for his communication and relations with Kurdish circles despite his Turkish identity. “He said he started to develop sympathy for Kurdish people when he was in Germany where he said Kurdish patriotic people used to help him when he had problems with his work at a plastics factory”.

Concerning the suspect's nationality, Y.A. noted that “He told me his father was a Kurd but not a sympathizer of the Kurdish movement. He said he had been treated warmly by the people at the Villiers-le-Bel Association. He also said that his mother was a Turk and strongly reacted against him for his relation with the Kurdish association. He said he just kept in touch with his sister and had lived with her before moving to our house because of her husband's complaints about his connection with the Kurdish association”.

Asked about Güney's economic conditions and his work at a French airport, Y.A. said that “He mentioned about his work at the airport which he said he had quit because of his health problems.

“He seemed quite excited about his activities in the Kurdish association and he used to say that he would organize his family also. He used to say he was a better Kurd than me”, Y.A. noted.

Y.A. told the followings as to the day when they heard about the killings; “I didn't observe any suspicious behavior in him that day when a friend called me at around 03:05 in the morning and told that three our comrades had been killed. In shock, I immediately woke my home mates and told them what had happened. He said he didn't believe that and that he had seen them safe and sound that day. However he didn't mention about what he had done with them at the office that day.”

“Then we went to the scene all together and stayed there for some time until he asked me to go the police headquarters. When I asked him why he was going there, he said he was supposed to bear testimony because of the translation he had made. Then I went with him, they took him into custody and then let me go, saying I was detained for sharing the same house with him. I didn't have any suspicion about him, thinking his detention was related with his translation works and footage of cameras.”

According to Y.A., Güney had an interest in arms and asked questions about types of arms and their properties. Y.A. notes that Güney would sometimes suggest him going to mosque and praying there together .

Y.A. remarks that Güney had never mentioned about his visits to Turkey in 2012, adding that he said he would go to his sister or to Normandiya when he didn't come home.

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