Fatih Mehmet Aksoy, a Kırşehir judge who has been overseeing an investigation into the police officers who was alleged to have used controversial ByLock mobile application, was suspended over the same charges.
Turkish prosecutors claim that ByLock is the top communication tool among members of the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt. Critics often criticize the government for imprisoning thousands of people merely for using the app.
The movement denies involvement in the coup attempt.
Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) suspended seven judges and prosecutors over their alleged use of ByLock, on Wednesday.
His suspension was communicated to Aksoy when he took a break during a hearing of a separate investigation into 48 police officers who are accused of using the same application.
Aksoy reportedly left the courtroom after hearing the news about their suspension, and another judge continued the session. The judge was detained later on Wednesday.