Turkey moving PKK head Ocalan to new prison: Report

The conflict has claimed more than 40,000 lives since it was launched in 1984.

Turkey moving PKK head Ocalan to new prison: Report

Jailed PKK head Abdullah Ocalan will be moved to a new prison this week, where he will be joined by other inmates for the first time, a step coinciding with a government's Kurdish opening.

Broadcaster CNN Turk said Ocalan would be joined in his island jail by eight members of his banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group.

Justice Ministry officials were not immediately available to comment.

Ocalan has been held in solitary confinement on the island of Imrali off Istanbul since 1999, when he was convicted of treason for leading an armed insurgency with the aim of creating a separate Kurdish state.

The conflict has claimed more than 40,000 lives since it was launched in 1984.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government has been working in recent months on Kurdish opening to end the violence.

In the new prison, built at a cost of $5 million, Ocalan will remain alone in his cell but will be able to meet other prisoners during exercise breaks, CNN Turk reported.




Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Kasım 2009, 14:46
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