at the beginning of may had, for the first time in 2011, the lawyers of Öcalan in prison to visit, but this was not the case so far as a single step. The co-founder of the banned Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK) served for 20 years in almost total Isolation on the prison island of Imrali in the Marmara sea is a life-long imprisonment.

He was taken in 1999, a Turkish intelligence operation in Kenya and charged with high treason and sentenced to death. In 2002, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

Ocalan had co-founded the PKK in 1978, to win autonomy for the Kurds in southeastern Turkey. In 1984 the guerrilla group took up the armed struggle for an independent Kurdish state. Since then, have been killed in the conflict more than 40’000 people. The Turkish government and its Western allies consider the PKK as a terrorist organization.

In December 2012, the Turkish secret service began secret talks with Öcalan on Imrali, the led in the spring of 2013 to a truce. In the summer of 2015, this peace process collapsed. After the visit of his lawyers at the beginning of may had been speculation in the Turkish press as to whether this einläute a new peace process.

(SDA)