Self-proclaimed leftist Turkish group RedHack hacked into the website of the Justice Academy on Jan. 21, following the recent arrests of nine lawyers, including Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) head Selçuk Kozağaçlı.
The group condemned the arrests via their Twitter account.
"We have taken down the Justice Academy," the group tweeted. "We will not abandon our comrades who are being held hostages in the hands of the courts of fascism."
The Justice Academy is a state institution for the training and preparation of judges and lawyers.
Twelve lawyers were detained in raids on Jan. 18, with two, Güray Dağ and Gülvin Aydın, released after being taken to Istanbul’s Çağlayan courthouse on Jan. 20.
The ÇHD is an organization providing judicial support to victims in major contemporary human rights abuse cases.
Who are RedHack?
RedHack, a socialist organization of Turkish hackers, came to prominence after the group successfully accessed the servers of the Ankara
Police Department in February, acquiring secret information.
Although formed in 1997, RedHack captured the attention of the Turkish people – and of the Turkish authorities – in the first months of 2012 after they hacked one government website after another in a bid to voice dissent and dissatisfaction with state policies. Their motto is "Halk için hack" (hacking for the people).