World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish Justice Ministry has denied a media report that a detached house is being constructed for inmates being held on the prison island of İmralı in the Sea of Marmara, where the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader is jailed.
The Milliyet daily reported on Thursday that a detached house is being built annexed to the prison complex on İmralı for conjugal visits. A proposal recently approved by the Turkish Parliament gave married prisoners the right to conjugal visits of up to 24 hours every two months.
In a statement released on Thursday, the ministry denied the report of the house construction, saying it doesn't reflect the truth.
A similar claim was recently made by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli, who said that house arrest-like conditions are being set up at the İmralı prison where PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan is being held.
Peace talks are under way between the Turkish state and Öcalan in an attempt to broker a deal for the disarming of the organization. The PKK and Öcalan have long been demanding the leader's sentence be commuted to house arrest.
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