Turkey to transfer PKK leader to another prison
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.16
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organization, Abdullah Ocalan will be transferred to another prison, Kanal7 TV channel reported Oct.16.
Ocalan will be transferred from the prison on the Imrali Island in the Marmara Sea to a prison in Turkey's Bursa province as part of the measures for a democratic solution to the Kurdish problem in Turkey.
Earlier, Turkey's pro-Kurdish parties demanded Ocalan's transfer to another prison.
Ocalan was arrested in Kenya Feb.15, 1999 and handed over to Turkish authorities.
Initially he was sentenced to death. However the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.
The UN and the European Union listed the PKK as a terrorist organization.
The process of democratic settlement to the Kurdish problem in Turkey kicked off in 2009, following which a part of the PKK militants left the country's territory and moved to the neighboring Iraq.