Justice Ministry launches investigation into beating of journalist by prison guards
Turkey’s Ministry of Justice has launched an investigation into the beating of an opposition journalist by prison guards earlier this month, news site T24 reported on Wednesday.
The investigation follows video footage obtained by the ministry showing opposition news OdaTV’s Editor-in-Chief Barış Pehlivan being beaten as he entered Silivri Prison on the outskirts of Istanbul on March 6th, it said.
Pehlivan was arrested, along with two other OdaTV staff, for a report covering the funeral of a high-ranking Turkish intelligence officer who died in Libya and thereby violating state intelligence laws.
The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s earlier this month denied the claim by Pehlivan’s lawyer, Hüseyin Ersöz, that the journalist had been beaten by prison guards.
“Following the examinations and reviews of security footage, it was concluded that Pehlivan was not battered or subjected to mistreatment, whether it be verbal or physical,” it said in a statement issued on March 7.