The Peoples Leader Abdullah Öcalan, Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş have been banned from making phone calls for the next 6 months. The decision, which was only just announced, was taken on September 7 by the Administration and Observation Board of the İmralı Type-F Closed Penal Institution.
The Peoples Leader was able to use his right to talk by phone on April 27, in Imrali, where he has been held hostage since February 15, 1999. Other prisoners in Imrali were able to make phone calls with their families on the same date for the first time after 2015.
Leader Abdullah Öcalan, and the other inmates in Imrali prison (Ömer Hayri Konar, Veysi Aktaş and Hamili Yıldırım) were also given a 6-month attorney ban by the Bursa 2nd Execution Judge.
The decision for the ban was taken as a “disciplinary measure” against the 156-page “Road Map” presented to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as a continuation of Leader Öcalan’s defence in 2009.
Similar rulings by the Prison Disciplinary Board were made on March 2, 2018, September 6, 2018 and March 13, 2019 after 20 July 2016.
Today, 9 September, marks the beginning of the International Conspiracy which started with the Leader choosing to leave Syria in 1998 to not attract military attention to the armed-resistance. Today also symbolically marks a year since the cross-border offensive launched by the Turkish state against the liberated Rojava region. The offensive lead to the occupation of Gire Spi and Serekaniye by the jihadist mercenaries of Turkey.
The Leader remained in Syria and Rojava for most of the time he was away from Northern Kurdistan till the Anti-PKK coalition which was signed in 1992 by the Turkish state, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
With the second “anti-terror” agreement of 1996, or the anti-PKK alliance signed between the USA, Israel and the Turkish Republic, the Leader chose to leave Syria. Till then, the Syrian government had approved of his presence in Syria.
“On the other hand, the Syrian-Arab government never wished to surpass their tactical alliance with the PKK leadership. An alliance with the PKK had been part of Syria’s answer to the threats that had been coming from Turkey since 1958 and Turkey’s extreme pro-Israel tendencies. The PKK did not object to such a tactical relationship.”
In his fourth defence writings the Peoples’ Leader explained why he chose to leave Syria:
“My only alternative was to go off into the mountains of Kurdistan. Two factors made me decide to not do this.
First, my presence would attract massive military force. This would lead to serious damage to the civilians in the area and my comrades; it could also lead to the armed struggle becoming the exclusive means of obtaining a solution for the Kurdish question.
Second, it was a pressing need to educate the youth joining our organization.”