Pro-gov't journalist under investigation after targeting Turkish court members

The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into a pro-government journalist after he targeted members of an appeals court, which reversed a ruling in a high profile case involving the executions of over a dozen people in the mid 1990s, T24 news site reported on Monday.

The probe follows a move by Islamist journalist Fatih Tezcan to call for information on members of the appeals court from the Turkish public in a Twitter post on Sunday.

"We are looking into the connections of (appeals court) head judge and member judges,’’ Tezcan said, sharing the initials of the court members, before listing a hotline number for tip offs.

The appeals court last month ruled that all 19 suspects, including former high-ranking special operations and intelligence officials, in what is known as the JİTEM case would face a retrial on charges of murdering 19 people between 1993 and 1996. 

JİTEM suspects, including former interior minster and police chief Mehmet Ağar, were accused of being involved in the torture, disappearance and execution of Kurdish politicians and businesspeople during the 1990s.