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PPK founder Abdullah Ocalan takes Greece to ECHR, claims violation of his rights

 Abdullah Ocalan, a prisoner in Turkey and founder of the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) accusing Greece of violating his rights during his stay in the country and not providing him with political asylum.

Ocalan is serving a life sentence in a Turkish prison since 1999.

ECHR approved his appeal and a hearing will be held at the Court’s headquarters in Strasbourg, France in the near future, Deutsche Welle reported on Wednesday.

Ocalan reportedly argued that the practices against him during his stay in Greece were contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

At the same time, he stated that the fact that the Greek authorities detained him during his stay in Greece and that he was not given the opportunity to seek his rights before the Greek courts is contrary to many articles of the ECHR.

In September 1998, Abdullah Ocalan, known also as Apo, left his camp in Syria and sought refuge in Greece to avoid capture by Turkey, where he was regarded as a terrorist seeking autonomy for the Kurds in Turkey.

Greek secret services initially permitted him to remain covertly in the country.

When rumors of his Greek hideout reached the Turkish secret service MIT and the CIA, Greece sent him to its embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where he stayed for a time at the ambassador’s residence.

Then Greece asked him to vacate the premises.

Turkish agents abducted him on 15 February 1999 at the Nairobi airport and flew him back to Turkey for trial.

The Turkish government released a picture of Ocalan between agents on a plane that carried him to Turkey.

The trial was held and concluded in zero time for Turkish standards and Ocalan was sentenced to death under Article 125 of the Turkish Penal Code, which concerns the formation of armed organizations. The sentence was commuted to aggravated life imprisonment when Turkey abolished the death penalty.

From 1999 until 2009, he was the sole prisoner in İmralı prison at the Sea of Marmara, where the 74-year-old is still held today.

Note that Greece suffered a major diplomatic blow.

PS Now many wonder why prisoner Ocalan decided after 23 years to take Greece to court.

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