The photo above is of the Polatpaşa Mukhtar Muhammet Ahmet Öztürk, who stands in front of a home which belongs to Güney's relatives.
On Monday, Paris Public Prosecutor Francois Molins announced that Ömer Güney was the prime suspect being held in the murders of Sakine Cansız, Leyla Söylemez and Fidan Doğan, who were found gunned to death in a Kurdish information bureau on Paris on January 9th. Molins said Güney worked for Cansız as a driver and an assistant and added that they were currently looking into whether the perpetrator acted alone. Güney was referred to court on Monday and is facing charges of committing and conspiring murder on behalf of a terrorist organization.
"HE HAS A BRAIN TUMOR"
Locals from the Turkish village Güney spent his early childhood years in are reeling in surprise at the suspect's possible connection to the murder and say that there has never been a PKK member that has surfaced from their village and that Güney's family were actually nationalists more than anything else.
Orhan Güney, cousin to Ömer Güney's father İsmet Güney says that his nephew is epileptic and has a brain tumor. "We know that Ömer is sick and due to this illness, he is incapable of remembering anything from over an hour ago. Those responsible for this incident are trying to place the blame on Ömer because they are aware of his illness. There has never been anyone in our village with connections to the PKK and there never would be," states Güney.
A NATIONALIST FAMILY
The village mukhtar Muhammet Ahmet Öztürk said, "There is no one in their family who has ever had a criminal record. Ömer would not have done this, and even if he did, he must have been deceived or brainwashed."
Even though the family was not active in their beliefs they were known for being nationalists, noted Öztürk, who went on to state, "We believe that someone is trying to lay the blame on Ömer Güney."
A VILLAGE WITH NO KURDS
The Polatpaşa village, which is located 90 kilometers from the city center and was previously named Tuzla, has 14 families and a population of 50. The village was renamed after General Osman Fazlı Polat Paşa, who was one of the commanders in charge of the Turkish military's peace force in Cyprus. There is not a single person of Kurdish heritage residing in the village.
Ömer Güney has no records, criminal or otherwise, except for his application for a passport from Ankara last August.
KARAYILAN: ERGENEKON IS BEHIND PARIS KILLINGS
Murat Karayılan, a senior leader of the PKK, released a statement regarding the recent development in the case on a website affiliated with the terrorist organization. Karayılan said they do not know who Ömer Güney is. "Our structuring in Europe is also unfamiliar with the suspect. There is no member under this name in our organization." According to Karayılan, the executions could have been the work of what he referred to as the "Green Ergenekon, or Ergenekon and the deep state in conjunction with NATO gladio forces".
This is a translation of an article originally written by Mehmet Yıldız and Uğur Becerikli.
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