AK Party considers house arrest for terrorist PKK’s jailed leader, daily claims

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is considering the possibility of house arrest for Abdullah andOcalan, the jailed leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK), after the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently handed down a ruling that paves the way for that option for andOcalan, the SandOzcandu daily has claimed.
Saygi andOztandurk, Ankara bureau chief of SandOzcandu, wrote in his column on Friday that the ECtHR recently reviewed an appeal previously made by andOcalan in which andOcalan asked the court to make a ruling that urges Turkey to grant prisoners serving life sentences the opportunity to benefit from house arrest.
andOztandurk asserted that the ECtHR reviewed andOcalanand’s request and made a decision urging Turkey to amend the law governing house arrest for convicts serving life sentences and in line with the ECtHRand’s ruling. Some senior figures within the AK Party considering a plan that will grant house arrest to andOcalan, andOztandurk argued.
andOcalan was sentenced to death in 1999, but his punishment was reduced to a life sentence when Turkey abolished the death penalty.
The column argued that if the Turkish government defies the ruling, andOcalan may renew his appeal to the ECtHR
In the article titled andquotThe Plan to Save andOcalan,andquot andOztandurk went on to write: andquotIn its ruling, the ECtHR emphasized that the death penalty is a type of cruel and unusual punishment. Also, a life sentence [as in the case of andOcalan] is inhumane and humiliating if those convicts are not given the opportunity for house arrest under certain circumstances. The court also considers andOcalanand’s current conditions a violation of international law.andquot
andquotAfter the ECtHRand’s ruling, prominent AK Party figures have started to seek a solution to address the issue,andquot andOztandurk concluded.
andOcalan is the main interlocutor of the government in the settlement process, which was launched at the end of 2012 and derailed this past June after the AK Party was unseated in the election, and key AK Party fhington Post 2015

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