Lawyers apply again to visit Imrali

Abdullah Öcalan's lawyers have applied once again to visit their client in Imrali.

Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Faik Özgür Erol, Cengiz Yürekli and Serbay Köklü have applied to Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office to be granted a visit to their client in Imrali Island Prison.

On 14 March rumours were spread on social media about the health of Öcalan. Immediately protests were organised around the world demanding an urgent visit by the lawyers to Imrali.

The application by Öcalan’s lawyers came after the Kurdish leader called for a meeting with his lawyers within the legal framework during a brief phone talk with his brother.

On March 25th, Öcalan was able to talk with his brother Mehmet Öcalan. The short phone conversation happened about a year after a previous call, on 27 April 2020, and it is the first time since then that Öcalan had an actual contact with someone outside.

The phone conversation was held under the supervision of the Urfa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and was very short. The call was interrupted pretty soon. Likewise, the phone call by another prisoner on Imrali, Hamili Yıldırım, with his family was also abruptly interrupted. It was reported that the other two prisoners, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysi Aktaş, did not make the phone call they were offered to protest isolation.

Mehmet Öcalan told after the visit that he could speak with his brother for about 5 minutes.

Mehmet Öcalan said: “My brother told me: ‘Both you and the state are doing wrong for what has been done. The reason is this; no meeting whatsoever for a year. These actions are neither allowed in state law nor in any other law. Your coming is wrong and very dangerous. The state is also very dangerous. This is not the right thing. If there will be a meeting, it should be within the legal framework. It cannot be allowed that a phone call is made after a year and because of their will’ he said. The President said over and over again, ‘This is so wrong.’ The state is playing wrong, and you are too. This is not legal, nor is it right. This is not acceptable. This is also very dangerous. Are you aware of what you are doing? I want my lawyers to come here and talk to me. This is a legal thing. I've been here for 22 years. How will this issue be in the future? This issue can only be resolved by law. Why don't they come here? If there will be a meeting, this should be with lawyers. Because this situation is both political and legal’, he said."