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Lawyers of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan has requested to meet their client in the prison on İmralı Island, where he has been serving a life sentence since 1999.

Lawyers Raziye Turgut, Rezan Sarıca, Serbay Köklü and İbrahim Bilmez filed an application to meet Öcalan, who hasn’t been allowed visits since Aug. 7.

After an eight-year ban on lawyer-client meeting, Öcalan was allowed to meet his lawyers on May 2, following hunger strikes and death fasts launched by hundreds of supporters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), with lawmaker Leyla Güven initiating the move to demand an end to Öcalan’s isolation, including access to lawyers.

Another four meetings were held on May 22, June 12, June 18 and Aug. 7.

The lawyers have been filing numerous applications to visit Öcalan since Aug. 7, but so far, to no avail.