Lawyers file another application to visit Öcalan

Abdullah Öcalan's lawyers have applied once again to visit their client on Imrali after his call for a meeting with his lawyers within a legal framework.

Abdullah Öcalan's lawyers Raziye Öztürk, Rezan Sarıca, Faik Özgür Erol and Cengiz Yürekli applied to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office to meet with their client.

On 14 March rumours spread on social media claiming that Öcalan had died in prison. Immediately protests were organised around the world demanding an urgent visit by the lawyers to Imrali.

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.

All applications for visit have been so far rejected or gone unanswered.