Friday, February 26, 1999 Published at 21:26 GMT
Ocalan defence in tatters
Kurds around the world have protested at Mr Ocalan's arrest
There are growing fears for the fairness of the trial of captured Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.
The BBC Ankara Correspondent, Chris Morris, says Mr Ocalan's legal defence is in disarray before it has even begun.
Mr Ocalan, who has led an armed campaign for Kurdish self-rule in south-east Turkey, is awaiting trial on charges of treason and could face the death penalty.
Mr Okcuoglu told reporters he was withdrawing from the case "because my life is in danger and I am unable to do my job."
Mr Okcuoglu said he, his colleagues and their families had received death threats.
He was one of two lawyers allowed to visit Mr Ocalan on the heavily-guarded prison island of Imrali on Thursday "in the presence of a magistrate and two masked soldiers", he said.
The pair saw the rebel leader for just 20 minutes - Mr Ocalan's first contact with the outside world since he was caught in Kenya nearly two weeks ago.
But he was not allowed to speak with the rebel leader in private and was only permitted to ask about his health. There was no opportunity to discuss the type of defence the lawyers might try to prepare.
Mr Okcuoglu said that Mr Ocalan appeared to be physically well: "He appeared to be alright, but he complained about problems in his eyes and ears."
But he warned that the rebel leader "could experience a deep psychological collapse if he is always in the presence of interrogators from the General Staff and is unable to have contact with the outside world".
Mr Okcuoglu is one of a team of 15 lawyers who have volunteered to defend Mr Ocalan. He said other colleagues were also under pressure to resign.
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit later dismissed Mr Okcuoglu's fears for his life as an "exaggerated allegation".
The Anatolia agency quoted him as saying: "Yes, some small groups held several demonstrations in Mudanya, but the state took the necessary measures immediately to prevent such demonstrations from disturbing the lawyers.
"Therefore I describe such an allegation as extremely baseless."
The Turkish authorities insist that the PKK leader will get a free and fair trial. But our correspondent says their promises are sounding increasingly hollow.
Many Turks do not believe the rebel leader deserves a fair trial and they hold him personally responsible for thousands of deaths. They cannot understand why foreign countries are so concerned about the way Mr Ocalan is being treated, our correspondent says.