Thursday, June 09, 2005

Öcalan’s lawyers protest legal changes

Lawyers defending the PKK leader say they will not see Öcalan until new legislation preventing them from freely consulting with their client is changed

Doğan Erbaş and Fırat Aydınkaya, lawyers for Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, said on Wednesday they would not be meeting with their client until recently enacted legislation preventing them from freely consulting with him was eliminated.

Erbaş said after a European Court of Human Rights decision regarding their client was announced, many people had suddenly become legal experts, offering advice.

He said their first meeting with Öcalan after the European court decision was recorded by an official from the Bursa First Judges' Office in line with the new legislation, adding that until such treatment ended they would not be meeting with their client.

He also said that their client would not accept any trial under existing conditions, adding that he would agree to a retrial once he was sure he would be judged fairly.

(Source: Turkish Daily News)

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