Freedom for Ocalan Peace in Kurdistan
P.O. Box 100511, D-50445 Koeln
Cologne, 22 January 2003
INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE BRIEFINGS:
No information on Ocalan for two months
now! Ocalans isolation continues!
MHA / Frankfurt 22 January 11:06 a.m.
Again Abdulah Ocalans lawyers were not allowed to see their
client . This week again bad weather was used as a pretext. He now
has not had any outside contact for more than eight weeks. Meanwhile
his lawyers made it clear that they would make a report on the Imrali
prison administration. There would be a meeting with the Ministry
of Justice on Friday. Aysel Tugluk, a lawyer, asserted to our correspondent,
that there were serious concerns now for the life and safety of
In the early morning hours Mr. Ocalans lawyers Aysel Tugluk,
Mahmut Sakar, Irfan Dündar and Aydin Oruc and Mr. Ocalans
brother Mehmet Öcalan appeared in the harbour of Mudanya, in
order to cross over to Imrali. This, however, they were refused
using heavy fog as a pretext.
Lawyers make a report
Ms. Tugluk told our correspondent they would make a report on the
prison administration of Imrali citing abuse of authority.
They had filed numerous petitions and complaints in the past in
order to proceed against the arbitrariness described above. There
would be a meeting with Cemil Cicek of the Ministry of Justice.
Ms. Tugluk added that the present practice was not based on the
law but in fact was rather deliberate. The situation was tense.
The visits could easily be made on another day if bad weather was
not just a pretext. The authorities, however, would not try to find
a reasonable solution but instead would simply insist on barring
her client from any contact.An atmosphere of provocation and tension
According to Aysel Tugluk this practice was directed at completely
isolating her client from the outer world in order to sabotage his
work for a democratic solution of the Kurdish question, which was
a danger to some circles.
For two months there have been absolutely no visitors, neither
family nor lawyers. The last meeting was on November 27, 2002. Although
the lawyers had already filed several applications to cancel the
appointment of the visiting dates on Wednesdays there have been
no responses yet. They also had asked to provide a more seaworthy
boat for the crossing negative.
The lawyers regard this practice as a disablement of an appropriate
legal assistance since there are several proceedings pending, i.a.
before the European Court of Human Rights. They have tried to exhaust
all legal remedies. Meanwhile the Kurds step up their international
campaign for an end to the isolation of the KADEK-President.
Source: Mesopotamian News Agency / Translation: International
Initiative "Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan - Peace in Kurdistan"