Lawyers submit another application to visit Öcalan

The lawyers of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan have again applied for a visit to the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Bursa.

Raziye Turgut, Rezan Sarıca, Serbay Köklü and Ibrahim Bilmez from the Asrin Law Office, as attorneys of Abdullah Öcalan, have again applied for a visit permit from the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Bursa for a visit on Wednesday to their client who is isolated on the prison island of Imrali. All the visit requests submitted by Öcalan’s lawyers since the last authorized visit to the Kurdish leader on August 7, 2019, have gone unanswered.

Öcalan's fellow prisoners Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş are also denied the right to legal assistance. Family members were last able to visit the Imrali prisoners on 3 March. For the first and only time so far, telephone conversations with them were also made possible on 27 April.

This practice was also the subject of criticism of the Imrali detention regime by the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). In a report published two weeks ago on the situation in the island prison in the Sea of Marmara, the Committee called for a "balance to be struck between security considerations and the basic human rights of the prisoners concerned" and called for a "sustainable system" of regular visits to Imrali by family members and lawyers. However, there is a decision against the prisoners on Imrali to restrict communication, which is renewed every six months - even during the Coronavirus pandemic.