Turkish actor taken to courthouse in Redhack investigation

Türkiye Materials 25 November 2013 15:03 (UTC +04:00)
Turkish actor taken to courthouse in Redhack investigation
Turkish actor taken to courthouse in Redhack investigation

Some 14 suspects, including actor Baris Atay, have been taken to court after being detained as a part of an operation against the Turkish hacker group Redhack Hurriyetdailynews reported .

The suspects were reportedly asked some 27 questions in the police investigation about the structure of the organization, Gezi protests, their duties in the organization and the efforts to take down state websites and personal email addresses.

The alleged Anonymous representative of Turkey N.A. and "Manyak," who was said to be one of the founding members of Redhack, was among the detained during the operation.

It was reported that actor Atay did not speak in the investigation, as he wanted to testify at the prosecutors' office.

Within the investigation conducted by Public Prosecutors of Ankara, Redhack has been described as "an organization using social and printed media."

Suspects were detained after the conducting raids into several addresses in Istanbul, İzmir and Ankara on Nov. 22.

Atay, via Twitter, loudly expressed his objections to the harsh police intervention during the anti-government Gezi Park protests over the summer, and has been taken into custody in Istanbul.

Redhack has staged a number of attacks against the websites of state institutions in protest of police violence during the protests, including the Turkish police force and the Istanbul Special Provincial Administration. Anti-cybercrime teams in Ankara subsequently kicked off an investigation into the group.

Six people have died and thousands injured since the Gezi protests erupted in late May, when the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality attempted to cut down trees in the central Istanbul park, sparking prolonged demonstrations in cities across the country.