Turkey grants access to imprisoned PKK chief after hunger strike

The imprisoned head of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is to receive visitors again after a long period in isolation, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Saturday.

Authorities made the decision to allow access to Abdullah Ocalan in honour of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the report said.

A time and date for the visit was not given.

Ocalan was incarcerated on Imrali Prison Island in 1999 and was last allowed visitors in 2015.

Fifty pro-Kurdish politicians and activists staged a hunger strike in the southern, mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir early this week in support of the rebel leader, urging the government to provide access to lawyers and family members.

Ocalan had previously spearheaded peace negotiations with the Turkish government in the conflict now spanning 30 years. A ceasefire broke down between the PKK and the government in summer 2015, plunging the country's restive south into a daily cycle of violence.

Last update: Sat, 10/09/2016 - 20:08
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