Man claimed to be RedHack’s leader released due to lack of evidence
ANKARA – Hürriyet
Redhack has staged a number of attacks against the websites of state institutions in protest at police violence during the Gezi protests, including the Turkish police force and the Istanbul Special Provincial Administration.A man claimed by prosecutors to be RedHack’s leader nicknamed “Manyak” (Maniac) has been released Dec. 12 due to a lack of evidence.
Taylan Kulaçoğlu was arrested on Nov. 29 upon prosecutors’ request, as part of an operation launched against the Turkish hacker group.
Despite allegations against him, both the suspect’s lawyer and the hacker group categorically denied that Kulaçoğlu was linked to RedHack.
The court ruled Dec. 12 the release of Kulaçoğlu under probation after examination of his computer did not provide further relevant evidence.
“We are very happy that Taylan has been freed. No new evidence has been found,” his lawyer Efkan Bolaç told the press.
Bolaç had argued that the only important evidence incriminating Kulaçoğlu was the fact that he resided in France as prosecutors determined that the person nicknamed “Manyak” was also living there.
“So, according to police, every Turkish citizen living in France and using a computer has become a suspect,” Bolaç had said.
According to reports, Kulaçoğlu said during his testimony that he was only a follower of RedHack’s Twitter account, adding that he had no knowledge about hacking.
The hacker group also welcomed Kulaçoğlu’s release, adding that they will continue to provide their support until his innocence was fully proved.