'Urgent meeting' application for Abdullah Öcalan after the earthquake

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  • 14:56 5 December 2023
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ISTANBUL - Stating that their concerns about İmralı are increasing due to the earthquake that occurred in Gemlik, Asrın Law Firm urgently applied for a meeting with Abdullah Öcalan and other prisoners.
Rezan Sarıca, Raziye Öztürk, Özgür Faik Erol and Mazlum Dinç, lawyers of Asrın Law Firm,  made a new application to Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and İmralı Penitentiary Institution Directorate to meet with PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan, who is held under severe isolation conditions in İmralı F Type High Security Prison and has not been heard from for 33 months. Lawyers also applied to the prosecutor's office and prison directorate for Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş, who are held in İmralı.
In their application justification, the lawyers recalled the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred off the coast of Mudanya yesterday and stated that they wanted to meet with Abdullah Öcalan, Yıldırım, Konar and Aktaş urgently. In the application, “This situation has magnified and brought the concerns about the Marmara earthquake, which has been talked about since the major earthquakes of February 6, 2023, closer. İmarlı Island is also located on the fault line of these possible earthquakes. It has become urgent to discuss with them the consequences of yesterday's earthquake, the clients' situations, and the possible Marmara earthquake. It should be the urgent of meeting with Öcalan."
Applications for family and lawyer meetings of Abdullah Öcalan and the other three people held in İmralı are blocked, citing "disciplinary penalties". Between 2021 and 2023, Abdullah Öcalan and the other prisoners were given at least 5 disciplinary punishments of 3 months each, and their right to visit their families was taken away. The reasons and file numbers of these disciplinary penalties were not shared with their lawyers, despite all applications and objections.
As a result of the applications made by the lawyers of Asrın Law Firm to the Bursa Execution Judgeship, the judgeship stated that disciplinary penalties of 3 months were given on August 18, 2021, 3 months on February 3, 2022, 3 months on May 31, 2022, and 3 months on September 9, 2022.
Responding to the application made by the lawyers on July 10, 2023, on July 19, the judgeship announced that there was a 3-month disciplinary penalty, without specifying the date on which it was given. The last application of the lawyers was on October 10, 2023. Responding to the application made to the Bursa Execution Judgeship requesting family views, on October 13, the judgeship stated that there was a new disciplinary punishment given against Abdullah Öcalan and other prisoners.
The judge's office cited "its reflection in the press" as the reason for not sharing the file number subject to disciplinary punishment.

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