Jan 21 2019

Turkish-born Sinan Selen becomes Germany’s first migrant background top intel official

A lawyer of Turkish origin was appointed as the Vice President of Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), becoming the country’s first official with an immigrant background in intelligence services, the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday.

Born in Istanbul and a graduate of Köln University’s faculty of law, Sinan Selen’s appointment was announced on the BfV site on Monday, the newspaper said.

Selen has been involved with German security services institutions since 2000, serving as head investigator in the case of the 2006 German train bombing attempts and later joining the Interior Ministry as a specialist on counterterrorism measures for federal security agencies.

In 2011, he was appointed as the Head of Counterterrorism Task Force of the Interior Ministry, where he served for over five years.