The murder of three members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Information Center in Paris on Jan. 9 dominated Turkish politics with concerns about the attack being a sabotage of the ongoing process initiated by the government to find a peaceful solution to Turkey’s long-lasting Kurdish problem.
So far there is no solid evidence of whether the murder of three female members of the organization was a result of a PKK inner dispute or a “provocation” against the talks, as Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan has put it. Yet it has all the factors and more of a political conspiracy thriller.
There is the political motive: the government is talking to the imprisoned leader (Abdullah Öcalan) of a guerilla organization that has been carrying out attacks for the last three decades to carve out a country from a NATO country (Turkey) in order to stop the fight that has cost more than 40,000 lives so far.
There are two other states in the region’s Kurdish game that would not enjoy Turkey getting rid of the Kurdish problem, improving inner peace and running faster in the economyMurat Yetkin
One of the women killed, Sakine Cansız, is a founding member of the PKK. In the past, there was a period when she took part in a factional inner fight (the Vejin affair) that resulted in the 1991 killing of her fiance, Mehmet Şener, by the victorious Öcalan faction, reportedly with the help of Syrian intelligence, who was hosting the PKK at the time. Giving her “self-criticism port,” according to the Stalinist rituals of the organization, Cansız was promoted to German branch chief and recently her responsibilities were reportedly extended to cover France as well. Some reports say she was among the few to control PKK money in Europe (an estimated 4-5 billion euros a year), with alleged links to drug trafficking and extortion from workers of Kurdish origin there, according to the U.S. Treasury and Turkish intelligence reports.
The other woman killed, Fidan Doğan, was the only one among the three who did not have any police record and we understand from the statement of French President François Hollande that she had been talking to Hollande and other political figures in France (another NATO member) as the French branch spokeswoman for the PKK’s self-declared Kurdistan National Congress.
It is estimated that a 7.65 mm (small and ordinary) pistol or pistols were used to kill the three women and ten rounds were shot, all in the bodies of the victims, probably using silencers – or shots were somehow silenced – as nobody heard them.
The attacker or attackers simply closed the door behind themselves and walked away with no evidence showing a forced entry.