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Families of Abdullah Öcalan and other prisoners denied visit

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:43 pm

Öcalan’s lawyer: “We can only assume he is alive”

Öcalan was last contacted by his brother on September 22, 2016 and hasn’t been heard from since

The isolation imposed upon Abdullah Öcalan has continued unabated for a year. It has been 2 months since Öcalan’s lawyers prepared a report on July 27, and during this time there has been no news from the Imrali Island regarding Öcalan. Öcalan's last contact was with his brother in September 22, 2016.

NO POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS

Lawyer Bilmez said they wanted to let the public understand the isolation with the report they prepared in July 27, and that there have been no positive developments yet. Bilmez said they appealed to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office twice every week for the weekly visitation and once a week for the family visits, and that all of the appeals have been rejected.

Bilmez mentioned the completely illegal executive judge decree issued after July 15 and continued: “When we announced the report, we explicitly stated that we are pressing charges against the prosecutors who prevent our visit to the island. We have also appealed with the Supreme Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors (HSYK) and that is underway but there are no developments yet.

The prosecutor’s office is clearly committing a crime because no lawyer has been to the island since July 27, 2011. Not for Mr. Öcalan, or for other prisoners. Shortly after we announced the report, the prosecutor was replaced, but nothing changed and this prosecutor also rejects our appeals. So we are preparing to press charges against him as well.”

NORMALLY NO PERMIT IS NEEDED

Bilmez stressed that normally no permit is needed from the prosecutor’s office for lawyers to visit their clients, but the isolation system in Imrali has been constructed to be so from the beginning, and explained the bias: “Because it is an island prison, it is not possible for us to physically travel there with our own means. We were told to appeal with the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, and we have to appeal to visit the island.

Normally, lawyers who would visit their clients would go to the prison, hand in their ID at the gate and have the visit. It doesn’t matter if the client is convicted or in remand. We make these appeals because we have to, but the prosecutor’s office rejects us as if we are demanding a permit.”

NO CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION

Bilmez said the family visit appeal for the Eid is the one rejected most recently, and stressed that this is a severe situation not only in the sense of defense, but in regards to humane treatment as well. Lawyer Ibrahim Bilmez stated that there has been no contact since Mehmet Öcalan’s visit on September 22, 2016 and reiterated that no letters or telegrams have come out of Imrali, and telephone rights of all prisoners there have been revoked.

WE CAN ONLY ASSUME HE IS ALIVE

Bilmez said their appeals regarding Öcalan’s health have also been rejected and continued: “We tried to meet with the prosecutor regarding Mr. Öcalan’s health as well. We asked for a copy of his chart there, because Mr. Öcalan has existing conditions that we are aware of, and we are concerned because we haven’t seen him. But these appeals were also rejected. We have no information on the fate of the letters and telegrams we sent. We don’t know if he received them or not. We can only assume our clients are there.

IT’S A MANIPULATION THAT THERE ARE NO ONGOING LAWSUITS

Lawyer Bilmez said they deliberately included the ongoing lawsuits against Abdullah Öcalan in the report and continued: “The lawsuits we filed, the charges we pressed are also in the report. In the Constitutional Court in Turkey and in the European Court of Human Rights. We deliberately included these, because occasionally the Ministry of Justice or other government officials use manipulation and claim that our clients have no ongoing lawsuits and thus don’t need to meet with their lawyers. But that does not reflect the truth, our clients have several lawsuits.

According to Turkish law, convicts don’t need to have ongoing lawsuits to be able to meet with their lawyers. Because lawyers also have the right to monitor, inspect and control the execution of the punishment. Because convicts can’t be left alone after they are put behind walls. The effects of the punishment on the person need to be monitored. So, that is a duty of the lawyer as well, but we are prevented from this duty too.”
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:22 am

747th appeal to meet with Öcalan since 2011

Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyer have appealed for the 747th time to meet with their client on İmralı Island.

Lawyers for Abdullah Öcalan, Ebru Günay, Mazlum Dinç and Muharrem Şahin have filed another appeal to Bursa Public Prosecutor’s Office in order to meet with their client in İmralı Island Prison.

This is the 747th appeal submitted by the lawyers for a meeting with Öcalan since 27 July 2011. All the appeals have been rejected so far on grounds of “weather conditions”, “malfunctioning coaster”, “coaster reparations”, and “state of emergency” since 2016.
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Re: Lawyers file 753rd appeal to meet with Öcalan since 2011

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue May 08, 2018 10:18 pm

Lawyers file 753rd appeal to meet with Öcalan since 2011

Abdullah Öcalan's lawyers filed an application with the Bursa Prosecutor's Office for the 753rd time to visit their client. Since July 27, 2011, each application has been rejected.

Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan's lawyers İbrahim Bilmez, Faik Özgür Erol and Fuat Coşacak today filed an appeal with the Bursa Prosecutor's Office for the 753rd time to visit their client.

Previous appeals by the Öcalan’s lawyers have been rejected regularly by the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on grounds of “Restrictions against convicts” listed in the Execution of Penalties and Security Measures Act No.5275.

The appeals have been rejected to date, citing excuses like “bad weather”, “broken boat”, “boat repairs” and “State of Emergency”.

Abdullah Öcalan has been denied any legal aid for more than six and a half years. He is subject to total isolation on the prison island of Imrali in the Sea of Marmara.
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Re: Lawyers file 753rd appeal to meet with Öcalan since 2011

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun May 20, 2018 9:43 pm

Human Rights Association: Öcalan’s situation unacceptable

The Human Rights Association (IHD) held its General Assembly in Istanbul.

IHD Co-Chairs Eren Keskin and Öztürk Türkdoğan opened the General Assembly which saw the participation of many people, included HDP Istanbul deputy Hüda Kaya, Education and Science Workers Union (Eğitim-Sen), Peace Mothers and relatives of missing people.

The room where the Assembly took place was decorated with a banner saying “No to violence, war, and OHAL! Peace for human rights now!”.

In her opening speech, IHD Istanbul Branch Chair, Gülseren Yoleri, said that as a result of the 32 years of struggle, as human rights defenders, they had to struggle under coup conditions, State of Emergency (OHAL) and violations of any kind.

Yoleri reminded that last year the slogan of the General Assembly was “We were born under martial law and we continue in OHAL”. She underlined that the IHD has certainly “played an important role against human rights violations since its foundation”.

Türkdoğan: We fight for human rights

IHD Co-Chair Öztürk Türkdoğan stated that the IHD is fighting for human rights because it is against injustice.

Türkdoğan visited the HDP’s jailed presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş. He said: “Today I visited Presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş. I bring you his greetings. When he was a candidate, in the previous presidential election, he visited our association. This time, unfortunately, he cannot come. This time we have to visit him. This is one of the typical examples of injustice in Turkey”.

The IHD co-chair continued: “Unfortunately Demirtaş is prisoner, yet but others are doing what they want freely. This is unacceptable. This is black propaganda. Demirtaş is a human rights defender who has not been involved in any kind violence throughout his all life. He is a member of our association and I hope to see him soon free retaking his place among us at our next General Assembly”.

Referring to Abdullah Öcalan, Türkdoğan said: “Let's leave the political identity of Abdullah Öcalan on one side. He is a human being, he has a personality, and he has prisoner rights. Why do you not raise a voice heard for him?"

Türkdoğan said that Öcalan is an unacceptable situation: “It does not happen that we don’t have news of prisoners for over month. Therefore this situation must end. The regime imposed on Imrali prison has actually spread throughout Turkey with the State of Emergency decrees”.

Keskin: These elections are very important

IHD co-chairman Eren Keskin said in her speech that the current situation is very complicated.

She said: “As defenders of human rights, we have always seen these things. There is a visible State with its ministers and prime minister, and there is an invisible real State. We can call this hidden State with a lot of different names. Deep state, special war zone or counter-guerrilla state, whatever. For the first time, the deep state has been seeking a deal with the visible state, in the past 18 months. For the first time, the people went to reconcile with a party that had such a high power. Let's not forget the state. Erdogan made us forget the state. This is wrong. Today we are living the pressure which is product of this compromise. But it will pass. This compromise seems to have started to break up. These elections are really important”.

HDP Istanbul deputy Hüda Kaya said: “As HDP, in the Parliament, we have repeatedly investigated the dark events happening, including Kobanê. It is not difficult to expose the dark face of the deep state. We are trying to struggle for peace, freedom and equality wherever we live”.

After the presentation of several reports, the new executive department was elected; Gülseren Yoleri, Leman Yurtsever, Semiray Yılmaz, Hatice Kalpaklı, Hanım Tosun, Begali Kurnaz and Hüseyin Aygün. Hatice Kokmaz, Ali Gök and Zeynep Yildiz were selected as members of the Supervisory Board.
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Re: Human Rights Association: Öcalan’s situation unacceptabl

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu May 24, 2018 11:08 pm

Lawyers’ appeal to meet with Öcalan rejected for the 758th time

The Turkish state continues denying access to Abdullah Öcalan who is held in aggravated isolation.

Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Fuat Coşacak and Nevroz Uysal filed an appeal with the Bursa Prosecutor's Office for the 758th time to visit their client in İmralı Island Prison.

The appeal has been rejected on grounds of “Restrictions against convicts” listed in the Execution of Penalties and Security Measures Act No.5275.

Appeals by the Öcalan’s lawyers have been rejected regularly since 27 July 2011 by the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, citing excuses like “bad weather”, “broken boat”, “boat repairs” and “State of Emergency”.
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Re: Öcalan lawyers appeal for meeting rejected for 758th tim

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:46 am

Lawyers submit the 763rd appeal to visit Öcalan

Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers appealed to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to visit their client.

Kurdish Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers Rezan Sarica, Faik Ozgur Erol and Muhdi Oztuzun appealed to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the 763rd time to visit their client.

The previous 762 appeals were rejected with various excuses.
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Re: Families’ appeal to visit İmralı and Ocalan rejected

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:17 pm

Families’ appeal to visit İmralı and Ocalan rejected

The appeals to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office by families of Abdullah Öcalan and 3 other prisoners in Imrali to visit their relatives have been rejected

The appeal by Abdullah Öcalan’s brother Mehmet Öcalan, sister Fatma Öcalan and titular Mazlum Dinc submitted to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office yesterday through their lawyers to visit the Imrali island has been rejected.

Imrali prisoners Hamili Yildirim’s brother Polat Yildirim, Omer Hayri Konar’s brother Ali Konar and Veysel Aktas’s sister Sabiha Aslan’s appeals were similarly rejected.

The appeals were rejected by the prosecutor’s office on grounds of “restrictions against convicts” in the Execution of Sentences and Security Measures Act No.5275.
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Re: Families’ appeal to visit İmralı and Ocalan rejected

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:53 pm

Lawyers 765th appeal to visit Öcalan

Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers have appealed to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the 765th time to visit their client.

Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers Cengiz Yurekli, Mazlum Dinc and Sinan Zincir appealed to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the 765th time to visit their client this morning, 210 November 2018.

The previous 764 appeals by the lawyers since July 27, 2011 have been rejected with various excuses.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:58 am

Families appeal to go to Imrali

Families of Abdullah Öcalan, and the other 3 prisoners on Imrali, appealed to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to visit Imrali

Meanwhile, the lawyers’ 766th appeal to visit was rejected.

Abdullah Öcalan remains imprisoned in the Imrali Prison Öcalan’s brother Mehmet Ocalan, sister Fatma Ocalan and tutelar Mazlum Dinc appealed through their lawyers to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office to visit Imrali.

Imrali prisoner Hamili Yildirim’s brother Polat Yildirim, Omer Hayri Konar’s brother Ali Konar and Veysel Aktas’s sister Sabiha Aslan appealed through their lawyers to the prosecutor’s office to visit their relatives.

LAWYERS REJECTED

The 766th appeal Öcalan’s lawyers Cengiz Cicek, Ibrahim Bilmez and Muharrem Sahin submitted to the Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office was rejected.
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:08 am

Family of Öcalan denied visit to İmralı

The family of Abdullah Öcalan had their application rejected once again

Abdullah Öcalan's brother, Mehmet Öcalan, his older sister Fatma Öcalan and Mazlum Dinç filed an application to Bursa Public Prosecutor's Office to visit their relative.

The application was rejected once again.

Prisoners Hamili Yıldırım's brother, Polat Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar's brother, Ali Konar and Veysel Aktaş's sister, Sabiha Aslan also filed a request to visit their relatives but had their petition rejected.

The prosecutor's office cited restrictions imposed on convicts under “Law no. 5275 on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures” for the rejection.
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