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Öcalan's lawyers: Imrali Island is Guantanamo of Turkey

6 August
13:11 2014

İSTANBUL (DİHA) - The lawyers of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Leader Abdullah Öcalan, whose applications to meet with their clients are being inhibited for 3 years, went to Gemlik Gendarmeria Post at the morning hours following their application of meeting with their client.

PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan's lawyers İbrahim Bilmez, Emran Emnekçi, Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Çiçek, Mahmut Taşçı, Cengiz Yürekli, Hakzan Sadak, Raziye Öztürk, Ömer Güneş, M. Sani Kızılkaya, Ebru Günay, Ayşe Batumlu, Asya Ülker, Mehmet Deniz Büyük, Sinan Zincir and Hüseyin Boğatekin went to Gemlik Gendarmeria Post. Firstly, lawyers İbrahim Bilmez and Cengiz Çiçek said to the gendarmerie officials that they came to meet with their client and asked the response of their application. The gendarmerian officials said that "the ship is out of order” and so the meeting could be made.

'Visitations are being inhibited without a legal basis'

Upon this, the lawyers protested the inhibiton of their visitations with a press statement. Barrister Ömer Güneş read the press statement on behalf of the lawyers. Güneş said their visitations with their client PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan are being inhibited since 27 July 2011 on grounds of questionable obstacles and without a legal and legitimate basis. Güneş added: "The conditions of Imrali Island are inhumane and unlawful. The applications being resumed along 15 years targeting at social and emotional isolation of Mr. Öcalan are showing that the Imrali Island is Guantanamo of Turkey."

'Öcalan's right of defense is being set at naught'

Güneş added that applications made by the attorneys to visit their client PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan are being declined since July 27, 2011 with pseudo-reasons; “the ship is out of order”, “bad weather conditions”, “the ship is sent for repair”, "official holiday" or “the ship returned from repair, however the required documents from port authorities are imcomplete”. Güneş underlined: In this way, our client Öcalan's right of defense is being set at naught. This application of isolation is unique in the world."

'What in isolation is peace'

Despite his conditions of Imrali Prison, our client Öcalan is struggling for democratic solution based on social agreement, said Güneş. Güneş concluded: "The isolation of Mr. Öcalan is at the same a threat to peace in Turkey and Middle East. None of the enterprises can not legitimise depriving Öcalan of his fundamental rights. The inhibition of lawyers' visitation is test of sincerity for the AKP government. Do not forget that what in isolation is the Kurdish people. What in isolation is the peoples of Turkey and Middle East. What in isolation is the lawful peace of the peoples."

PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan has not been able to meet his lawyers since 27 July 2011 on grounds of these questionable obstacles.