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Öcalan meets for the first time in eight years, his lawyers

The imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan has met for the first Time since 2011, his lawyers. The conversation with his two defenders have gladly taken last Thursday, about an hour, said one of the lawyers, Rezan Sarica, on Monday. The founder of the Kurdistan workers ' party (PKK) served for 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.

Ocalan had co-founded the PKK in 1978, to win autonomy for the Kurds in Turkey. In 1984, the PKK began 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. After the attempted military coup in July 2016 in Turkey, the government had banned all 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. (afp/red)

Created: 06.05.2019, 15:17 PM

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