Four of Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers have been prosecuted in Turkey for membership of a terrorist organisation, in relation to links with the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Bianet reported.
The Istanbul prosecutors submitted a request for prison sentences ranging from from seven-and-a-half to 15 years during the latest hearing of a trial currently held against a total of eight lawyers from the law firm that represents Öcalan.
Prison sentences were requested for four of the lawyers on charges of membership of a terrorist organisation, but the remaining four lawyers requested acquittal on the grounds that accusations had not been evidenced.
The prosecutors alleged that the Asrın Law Office was used for PKK operations and that the lawyers acted as intermediaries to deliver Öcalan’s orders and messages to the outside world by taking advantage of their professional status.
The court adjourned the hearing, allowing time for the suspects and their lawyers to prepare a defence.