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Kurdish leader Öcalan meets his lawyers for the first time since 2011

In almost total Isolation of Kurdish leader Öcalan is serving a life sentence. The Turkish government under any contact to the outside world said. After eight y

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Kurdish leader Öcalan meets his lawyers for the first time since 2011

In almost total Isolation of Kurdish leader Öcalan is serving a life sentence. The Turkish government under any contact to the outside world said. After eight years of him were allowed to visit his defenders.

The imprisoned Kurdish chief Abdullah Ocalan has received in eight years following a visit from his lawyers. Two defenders Öcalan had on the 2. May in prison on the island of Imrali met, explained to the lawyers in Istanbul. Four defenders had asked for a permit, only two of ihbeb had been allowed to visit. The conversation had taken about an hour, said his lawyer, Rezan Sarica.

Two decades in Isolation

the founder of The Kurdistan workers ' party (PKK) is serving 20 years in almost total Isolation on the prison island of Imrali near Istanbul, a sentence of life imprisonment. Ocalan was arrested in 1999 and charged with high treason and sentenced to death. In 2002, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

Öcalan was in 1978, one of the co-founder of the PKK. At that time, the party wanted to achieve even autonomy for the Kurds in Turkey. In 1984, she took up the armed struggle for an independent Kurdish state. In a result, more than 40,000 people were killed. The Turkish government and its Western allies consider the PKK as a terrorist organization.

300 detainees protesting for Öcalan

was banned After the attempted military coup in July 2016 in Turkey, the government, all the visits to Öcalan on Imrali. Only after the members were kicked Leyla Güven of the prokurdischen Democratic party of the peoples (HDP), and more than 300 other prisoners to Protest against Ocalan's Isolation in the hunger strike, was allowed to his brother Mehmet him in the middle of January to visit.

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