Öcalan's lawyers file new applications to meet with their client in Imrali

Lawyers of Asrın Law Office made new applications to meet with their client, Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan, who is under absolute isolation in Imrali.


Lawyers Raziye Öztürk, Rezan Sarıca, Faik Özgür Erol and Mazlum Dinç, from Asrın Law Office applied to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and İmralı Penal Institution Directorate to meet with their clients Abdullah Öcalan, Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş, who have not been heard from for 37 months.

Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan is completely cut off from the outside world. While no response is given to the lawyers’ requests for a meeting, in some cases, months later, a justification for disciplinary punishment is given as an excuse for the refusal.

On Monday, Asrin Law Office issued a statement in which it underlined that "the current state of absolute non-communication is maintained through de facto and arbitrary practices as well as 'judicial decisions' that have no basis in Turkish legislation. The disciplinary penalties that are cited as reasons for the ban on family visits and the decisions that prevent visits by lawyers are contrary to the legislation and constitute a criminal offence for the authorities. In addition, the right to correspondence and telephone communication is not recognised. However, in accordance with the Mandela rules, it is not possible to completely cut off contact with the outside world. Under all circumstances, minimum communication of prisoners with the outside world must be ensured. Not only are the minimum criteria not fulfilled, but also the files and decisions on which these practices are based are hidden from lawyers. With these practices, İmralı Island is kept behind a veil of secrecy. Access to the slightest information about the current situation of our clients held in an island prison has been prevented for 3 years without interruption, especially by their families and our lawyers. We do not have any information about our clients' right to health and other fundamental vital rights guaranteed under domestic and international law."