Kurdish political prisoner dies in prison

Mustafa Akyol, former co-chair of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) was jailed in Ağrı in 2011 and sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison for alleged “membership to an illegal organization”.

Jailed in Patnos L Type Closed Prison, Akyol was referred to the Yüzüncü Yıl University (YYÜ) Research Hospital in Van a week ago. He lost his life on September 15, Sunday.

Akyol was a Parkinson patient and suffered from heart disease. His body will be taken to Ağrı for burial today.

Akyol’s lawyers had made an appeal 5 months ago for the release of the Kurdish politician who couldn’t make it in prison. On September 9, 87-year-old prisoner Sıdık Buğruhan lost his life in Maraş Prison.