The lawyers of the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan announced today, Thursday, a contact between their client and his brother Muhammad.
Lawyers for the founder and chairman of the Kurdish Workers’ Party announced in a statement that Mohammed called his brother, who has been in custody since 1999, today at the Anlıurfa District Court.
The legal team hired to defend Öcalan said that telephone contact between her client and his brother was broken shortly after the procedure, which prevented them from obtaining “adequate information” about his health.
This is the second time Öcalan has used the phone since the Turkish secret service managed to kidnap and bring him outside the country more than 22 years ago.
Lots of rumors
The brother of the Kurdish leader has not yet given any information on the content of the phone call or the health of Öcalan, although there have been many rumors about him recently, including his death.
At the end of April last year, Turkish authorities granted Öcalan the right to use the phone amid the coronavirus outbreak, which prevented his lawyer and family from visiting him. It was the first time in 21 years that he had spoken on the phone.
Öcalan has not met his lawyer for over a year and a half. He was prevented from meeting her for about 8 years before Ankara allowed lawyers to visit him more than once between May and early August 2019.
Ocalan’s lawyers have repeatedly expressed their dissatisfaction with the repeated refusal of the Turkish prosecutor in exchange for their client, who last met two of his lawyers on August 7, 2019.
Öcalan is serving a life sentence in a remote prison on the island of “Imrali” south of the Sea of Marmara, as he was transferred there after being kidnapped in Nairobi in mid-February 1999.
The party led by Öcalan has been leading an armed uprising against Ankara since 1984, killing more than 45,000 people.
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