The Asrın Law oOfice, which has represented Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan since his arrest 21 years ago, has made a written statement on the occasion of the report of a forest fire on the prison island of Imrali:
"On 27 February 2020, a report appeared in the media about a fire on the island of Imrali. Since 7 August 2019 until today, talks with our clients on Imrali have been prevented. We have no information about them. For this reason, we do not know any details about the fire that has broken out and have only heard about it from the media are revealed. In order to be able to see the state of health of our clients and the situation of the prison and to remedy our concern, we have submitted applications to the Ministry of Justice and the Chief Prosecutor's Office in Bursa. We are following the events closely. We remind you that under the conditions of isolation any kind of news must be dealt with seriously. We call for public attention on the matter."
Lawyers Ibrahim Bilmez, Raziye Turgut, Rezan Sarıca and Mazlum Dinç have filed a further application to visit Abdullah Öcalan after the fire on Imrali was reported on Thursday.
In addition to Öcalan, Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysi Aktaş are also held in the maximum security prison. They are also represented by the Asrın Law Office.
Immediately allow prison visits
After the family visit that took place on August 12, 2019, our endeavors to communicate with our clients detained on Emerald Island were hindered, and unfortunately we do not have any information regarding the health and safety of our clients, and in order to be able to see the conditions closely it is necessary to allow lawyers and family to visit the prison, which is a right It is a legitimate law, and in order to obtain permission to allow lawyers and the family to visit the prison, we have reviewed the relevant public prosecutor and the Ministry of Justice, and the severe isolation imposed on our clients is a crime. Addressing this matter above all is a moral and humanitarian responsibility and a democratic legal right, and we are confident that the Any global public will be aware of this fact, and calls for officials to do what is required of them. "