Families visit jailed PKK leader and fellow inmates

Turkish authorities allowed family members to visit Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and three fellow PKK-member inmates on İmralı island for the Muslim holiday of Eid, Mezopotamya news agency reported on Wednesday.

Mehmet Öcalan, who visited his brother Abdullah this past January and in September 2016, headed to İmralı island on Wednesday morning with family members of the other prisoners.

Several other prisoners are allowed to stay with Öcalan on İmralı island, off the coast of Istanbul. The previous prisoners were replaced by new ones in March 2015, during peace talks between the PKK and the Turkish government.

Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar, and Veysel Aktaş, fellow PKK members called Öcalan’s secretariat by pro-Kurdish media, are meeting their family members for the first time since their arrival on İmralı.

The Turkish government lifted visitation restrictions on Öcalan early in May, which prompted speculations that Ankara might be aiming to revive the peace process that ended in July 2015.