Kurds killed in Paris: suspect back in court on Monday
Friday's attack in Paris, which left three dead and three injured, shocked the Kurdish community.
The suspect in the assassination of three Kurds on Friday in Paris, who admitted feeling a “pathological hatred of foreigners”, left the psychiatric infirmary of the police headquarters on Sunday and will be presented to a judge on Monday. x27;instruction with a view to a possible indictment.
The racist motive of the facts is confirmed: this Frenchman, a retired train driver, described as depressed and suicidal, has entrusted to the investigators to have always wanted to murder migrants, foreigners since a burglary of his home in 2016, according to the prosecutor of Paris, Laure Beccuau.
He opened fire on Friday outside a Kurdish cultural center in central Paris, killing three people: Emine Kara, a leader of the Kurdish Women's Movement in France – and two men, including artist and political refugee Mir Perwer. /p>
Three men were injured, one seriously, but their lives are no longer in danger and one of them has been discharged from hospital. Five of the six victims are of Turkish nationality, the last French.
Police secure the scene of a shooting that killed three people near a Kurdish community center , in Paris, December 23, 2022.
Friday's attack shocked the Kurdish community, which denounced a terrorist act and implicated Turkey.
The man had initially gone, early Friday morning, to Saint-Denis, a popular town north of Paris, with his weapon, an 11.43 caliber Colt 45 automatic pistol, to commit murders of foreign people, according to the prosecutor.
But he finally gives up taking action, given the few people present and because of his outfit clothing preventing him from reloading his weapon easily, she specified.
He then returned to his parents' house, then came out to go shortly before noon to a neighborhood where he knew of the existence of a Kurdish cultural center, and opened fire.
Indicating that he is angry with “all migrants”, he claims to have attacked victims he did not know, specifying that he is angry with the Kurds for having “constituted prisoners during their fight against Daesh [Islamic State, Editor's note] instead of killing them" asserted the prosecution.
He intended to use all the ammunition and kill himself with the last bullet, but was stopped by several people at a nearby barbershop before being arrested by the police.
The first elements of the investigation did not establish any link with an extremist ideology.
The suspect claimed to have acquired his weapon four years ago from a member of the shooting club, having hidden it without using it until Friday.
Already convicted in 2017 for carrying a prohibited weapon and in June for violence with weapons on burglars, facts which he mentioned in police custody, he has been indicted since December 2021 for violence with weapons, with premeditated and racist.
He is suspected of having stabbed migrants at a camp in Paris on December 8, 2021.
After a year in pre-trial detention, he was released on December 12.
A demonstration by the Kurdish community in Paris turned into a clash with the police.
That the track of the terrorist attack was not taken from the outset aroused anger and incomprehension.
The fact that our associations are targeted is of a terrorist and political nature, said Agit Polat, spokesperson for the Kurdish Democratic Council in France.
” What we feel is pain and misunderstanding because this is not the first time this has happened.
—Esra, a 23-year-old protester from Paris
She was referring to the assassination on January 9, 2013 in Paris of three militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has never been elucidated.
In Paris, Marseille and Bordeaux, gatherings of several thousand people were marred by violence and degradation on Saturday. Thirty-one police officers and a protester were slightly injured, 11 people arrested, Prefect Nuñez announced.
An adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan posted on Twitter on Sunday photos of overturned and burned cars in Paris writing this is the PKK in France, the same organization you support in Syria that has killed thousands of Turks, Kurds and security forces over the past forty years .
Now they are burning the streets of Paris. Are you still going to remain silent?, asked Ibrahim Kalin.
Hundreds of Syrian Kurds demonstrated again on Sunday in northeastern Syria in tribute to the three martyrs killed on Friday .