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A bit like James Bond: the Turkish spy grabs

"I regret what I've done," says the former spy and smiles, embarrassed. Then he adds as an excuse: "It was a bit like James Bond." Adnan K.* SIPS his coffee. His skull is shaved, including a high forehead, and eyes with Schalk. Adnan K. is vigilant. Again and again he looks around in the Café, and eyes to Occur. Out of fear of acts of revenge he has in Zürich, his former place of residence, a long time ago turned their backs.

The man with the Kurdish roots, is now at the end of 30. In the mid-nineties he arrived in Switzerland, together with his family. "My father was a Maoist, and it was only natural that we felt in the left-wing Turkish-Kurdish Diaspora."

Perfect legend

In the course of the years, Adnan K. a variety of different Jobs, for example, at a snack stand in the Zurich main train station. He was not bedded on roses. As an opportunity for a revealed in addition to merit, to handle it. In 2006, he met a member of staff of the Turkish Consulate General and asked him to Mahir N.*, a Kurdish-origin Turks, which also belonged to the extreme left-wing Diaspora. Spontaneous Adnan K. replied: "Yes, I know. What you pay me for it?"

Because he was already long in the left-hand scene, had Adnan K. as a spy, an ideal legend, as it is called in agent jargon. On behalf of the Turkish secret service (MIT), he began to meet more often now with his target. Mahir N. led the military Arm of a small Turkish left, guerrillas, and suspected that he was acting on behalf of another news service. The links of the guerrillas was not the case in Turkey and in Germany, but in Switzerland as a terrorist organization. They noticed, among other things, by an attack on an army headquarters and a wild shootout with three deaths, both of which are in Istanbul. In addition, the organization is known to be an explosives attack on the subsidiary of an Israeli Bank on the Bosphorus. At the same time solid, you joined anti-Israeli terrorist groups such as the Palestinian Al-Aqsa martyrs brigades and the Islamic Jihad.

Adnan K. should not, however, investigate only Mahir N., but also a member of the extreme left-wing group. His admission interview he had was with a Turkish Zurich small business, the long part of the militant organization. With time, Adnan K. then began to distribute propaganda material for this Formation, with the Knowledge and consent of the WITH. Thus, his legend was still waterproof.

Meeting in Zurich Pub

His commanding officer was soon replaced by a new man. Ali Dogan was employed at the Turkish Embassy in Bern, officially known as the "Attaché for political and economic Affairs". With him, Adnan K. a met - up twice a week in a Pub in the vicinity of the Zurich Rennwegs. Important for the WITH it was, that the dim was not Locally frequented by other Turks or Kurds. Adnan K. received success fees, usually a few Hundred francs per month. For the cash payments he had receipts to sign. On the letterhead emblazoned "Republic of Turkey Ministry of foreign Affairs". Ali Dogan taught him many Tricks, such as how to go unnoticed photos with the mobile phone of target shooting by pretending to be a text message in the keyboard. Dogan told his agent to ask no questions. The Motto was listening to: just the said notice and wait until the target person of information. A good spy needs to be able to wait.

A official list of Turkish diplomats in Switzerland, including Ali Dogan, the commanding officer of Adnan K.

Adnan K. had patience and success. Mahir N. trusted him and used him as a courier to bring secret messages to Turkey. He also told him of the bases, which keep his group in Kurdish-ruled Northern Iraq. Later, Ali Dogan sent his agents to other left-wing groups. So Adnan K. in Zurich spied the Unia-trade Union Secretary of Mehmet Akyol. Akyol died two years ago. In addition, Adnan K. gave further information about a journalist who worked in Zurich for a newspaper, by the Kurdistan workers ' party (PKK), standing nearby. The PKK is considered almost everywhere in Europe as a terrorist organization, just not in Switzerland.

A secret letter?

"spies like Adnan K. are complicit in that, that hundreds in the of Swiss descent living in the Turkish in Turkey can travel for fear of being arrested," scolds Mahir N., of the from the WITH for years peered guerrilla leader. We are sitting in a cafe, along with a Translator. "But not only that," the Kurdish fort, "the aim is also to discredit Turkish opposition in Switzerland, to pull your reputation into the Dirt to make it believable." In fact, the agent activity by Adnan K. led not only to arrests in Turkey, but also to Reports in the Pro-government Turkish press about the network of the left guerrillas. Mahir N. was portrayed as an alcoholic with mental health problems. "Also want to spread the WITH just fear in the Turkish Diaspora, it is a terror strategy," says the now 53-Year-old. Mahir N. has short-shorn gray hair and a sharp-cut face. Before he had fled at the beginning of the nineties in Switzerland, he spent eleven years in Turkish prisons, he says in a low voice.

at the end of 2011, I sent him Mahir N. with a secret letter in my Luggage to Istanbul, remembers Adnan K. In the Letter, it went also to the supply of war material, explosives and radio equipment. "In Istanbul I was able to wait for the letter to the employees of the pass. They opened it carefully and copied the contents before they gave me the sealed envelope." But then something went wrong. The police were apparently not informed and arrested Adnan K. due to the suspicion of belonging to a terrorist group. The misunderstanding was cleared up quickly, however, the camouflage of Adnan K. was flown. His Name and photo appeared in Turkish and Kurdish media reports. After returning from Istanbul, he met his commanding officer Ali Dogan for the last Time. He was awarded 5,000 Swiss francs in compensation. After that, Ali Dogan put in the Turkey. The career of a spy, Adnan K. was coming to an end.

K. o.-drops for Gülen followers

Mahir N. denies vehemently that he had given to the agents ever received a letter or that he had planned any attacks. "The fact that this letter was an invention that was in front of a Turkish court is clear. The WITH to was there that Adnan K. was his spy. The defendants and the court wanted to see this letter, but the WITH said, there would have been a Letter at all. That was the proof that the Whole thing was just a conspiracy against me." And then Mahir adds N.: "I am a revolutionary and a socialist. I'm all for the revolutionary struggle. To fight against the fascist Regime, a humanitarian attitude."

The story is already a few years old, but it shows well how the Turkish operated on secret service in Switzerland. Also, in the last March, this newspaper revealed WITH operations in the Zurich area an Agent has been recruited, the of the was with the in focus WITH the target person is known. With money payments, the recruited should be brought to pour a followers of the Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen knock-out drops in a drink, so this could then be kidnapped by the. Not least thanks to the Surveillance of Turkish agents by the Federal intelligence service (NDB) was foiled the kidnapping attempt.

* the Name has been changed

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 06.01.2019, 09:57 PM

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