Gülser Özbay released after spending 31 years and 6 months in prison

Gülser Özbay was released after being held in prison by the Turkish state for 31 years and 6 months. She was welcomed with enthusiasm in her hometown Doğubayazıt.

Gülser Özbay (68) was released from Izmir Şakran Women's Closed Prison on 11 January after spending 31 years and 6 months in prison. She was welcomed with flowers by her relatives and friends in her hometown Doğubayazıt (Bazîd) on Sunday.

Özbay and her family and friends went to the Mem û Zin Wedding Hall, where the primary elections to select the candidates of the People's Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) for the local elections were held.

Gülser Özbay said: “Dozens of prisoners are still inside, showing great determination. There should be sensitivity towards ill prisoners."