Journalist Baransel Ağca was called to give a statement for reporting on Interior Miniter Süleyman Soylu's nephew Hasan Berk Işık's use of a luxury vehicle with a license plate that matched the minister's.
Ağca had reported on connections between the minister's nephew, the luxury car he was photographed with and a private company owned by a close associate of the minister.
Soylu's nephew Işık was photographed sitting on the bumper of a Chevrolet Camaro with the license plate "SS," and the ownership of the car was revealed to belong to a company owned by İsmet Çelik, a longtime friend of Soylu who had also opened a dormitory.
TİKTOKÇU YEĞEN, FIRINCI İSMET, FETÖ VE SS— Baransel Ağca🇦🇷 (@brnslagca) April 25, 2021
Soylu'nun akrabasının kullandığı "SS" plakalı Camaro'nun izini sürdüğünüzde İSMERUN GIDA adlı şirkete ulaşıyorsunuz. İsmet Çelik'e ait 1 milyon TL sermayeli bu şirket galeta unu üretiyor. Bir şirket yetkilisi ile konuştum olaylar gelişti+ pic.twitter.com/G8sBMaZvNK
Çelik's dormitory had been shuttered as a result of an investigation into him regarding U.S.-based Islamist preacher Fethullah Gülen, considered the main suspect of the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016, Ağca had said in a series of tweets dated April 25.
Çelik's company has assets of one million liras and produces flour to make crackers, Ağca reported.
Two days later, the journalist was called in by the prosecutor's office to give a statement about his reporting, he said in a tweet.
"I have one piece of good news and one bad. The good news is the prosecutors heard me. The bad news is they want me to testify," Ağca said.
Evet arkadaşlar size bir iyi bir de kötü haberim var. İyi haber, savcılar sesimi duydu. Kötü haber ifadeye beni çağırdılar :). Kısa süre içinde Vatan Emniyet'e giderek ifade vereceğim. Gelişmeleri buradan sizinle paylaşırım.— Baransel Ağca🇦🇷 (@brnslagca) April 27, 2021
Soylu's nephew Işık first came into the public eye when he was spotted in a photograph of the minister with Fatih Faruk Özer, the founder of the Turkish cryptocurrency exchange Thodex, who fled Turkey with $2 billion.