Absolute lack of communication continues for 30 months: New application from families
- 12:17 22 September 2023
ISTANBUL - The families of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan and other prisoners Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş, where absolute lack of communication continues and no news has been received for more than 30 months, applied to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and İmralı Prison Directorate to request a meeting.
Mehmet Öcalan, the brother of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan, who was kept under aggravated isolation conditions in İmralı F Type High Security Closed Prison, and from whom no news has been received for more than 30 months, and his guardian Mazlum Dinç, applied to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and İmralı Prison Directorate, requesting a meeting. . Other prisoners held in İmralı, Ömer Hayri Konar's brother Ali Konar, Hamili Yıldırım's brother Polat Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş's sister Melihe Çetin, also applied to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor's Office and the İmralı Prison Directorate, requesting a meeting.
Blocking the views on the grounds of 'prohibition'
While no positive or negative response was received to the applications made by lawyers to meet with the PKK Leader twice a week, views are blocked the "disciplinary sanctions" and "lawyer bans" given to Abdullah Öcalan and other detainees Veysi Aktaş, Hamili Yıldırım and Ömer Hayri Konar recently were justified.
AYM application from lawyers
His lawyers made 3 separate applications to both the prison and the prosecutor's office on 15 and 23 December 2022 and 3 January 2023, after the disciplinary punishment given to the PKK leader on September 9, 2022, which was the reason for the family view barrier, ended on December 9. On January 4, Bursa Execution Judgeship informed lawyers that Abdullah Öcalan and other prisoners were given a new 3-month family visit ban. While the reason for the ban was explained as "disciplinary punishment", no information was shared about the reason why the punishment was given and the date of punishment. The objection made by the lawyers against the decision on January 10 was rejected by the Bursa High Criminal Court on the same day. Lawyers applied to the Constitutional Court (AYM) against the said decision.
No ban, no opinion!
After the 6-month ban on lawyers for Abdullah Öcalan expired on October 18, 2022, Asrın Law Office's lawyers, who applied for an opinion to the Bursa Execution Judge, requested that they be informed that they wanted to meet with their clients and why the meetings were not held. In its reply to the lawyers, the judgeship stated that there was no prohibition of opinion. However, no comments were made to the lawyers during this period.
No response to applications
The lawyers, who applied to the judgeship again on October 26, 2022, upon the expiration of the lawyer's visit ban, asked why they were not allowed to meet with their clients when there was no visitation ban. Responding to the lawyers' request, the judgeship announced that Abdullah Öcalan was given a new 6-month "lawyer's ban", which became final on October 21, 2022. The decision was only notified to the lawyers on October 27, 2022. Lawyers of Asrın Law Office submitted a petition to Bursa Execution Judgeship because the content of this sentence was not notified to them. However, no positive or negative response was given to this application.
Call to the UN
Recalling the application they made to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in September 2022 and the injunctions against it, Asrın Law Office, in the last statement they made after they did not receive any news from their clients for two years, said, “The injunction must be implemented immediately and the clients, especially lawyer visits, It should be ensured that all rights arising from legal and international agreements, including”
Call to the Ministry of Justice
In their last statement on June 26, the lawyers also said, "The isolation imposed on Öcalan has no place in law. It needs to be removed. It is understood that they are trying to reverse the truth, that they want to hide what happened in Imrali, and that they want to create material for more severe attacks. But what really needs to be investigated is the Imrali isolation regime and its enforcers. "This is our open call to the government and the Ministry of Justice, the UN HRC's injunction decision must be complied with immediately, the state of not receiving information and torture practices must end," he said, calling on the Ministry of Justice to comply with the injunction decision.
'Urgent' visit application from lawyers to CPT
Finally, at the end of August, the lawyers applied for an "urgent" visit to the CPT, stating that concerns about the PKK Leader had reached their peak. Lawyers warned that "tomorrow may be too late" and called for an end to illegal practices.