Paris murder of Kurdish women activists: France closes case

Thousands gathered in Paris on 7 January demanding that inquiries continue.

Despite the 6,000 people large demonstration in Paris on 7 January, French authorities have decided to close the case against triple murder suspect Omer Guney due to his death, judicial sources told Reuters.

Omar Guney, a 34-year old Turkish national, died at the Pitié-Salpétrière hospital following a battle with a serious brain injury in December, 2016.

The first hearing on the triple murder of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) founder Sakine Cansiz and Kurdish activists Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez was due to begin at the Paris Heavy Penal Court on January 23-24.

The lawyers and families of the murdered three women have insisted that the case be further investigated due to the alleged involvement of Turkish intelligence in the murders, something that French officials involved in the investigation have also implied but been unable to prove.