Turkish ‘cult leader’ Oktar sentenced to 8,658 years in prison
An Istanbul court has sentenced a televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily clad women he called “kittens” to 8,658 years in prison in a retrial, Turkish local media reported.
Adnan Oktar, who has been described as a “cult leader”, led television programmes surrounded by women as he preached creationism and conservative values.
He also published books in multiple languages around the world, under the pen name Harun Yahya.
The 66-year-old and hundreds of his followers were arrested in 2018 after a police raid on his villa revealed he ran a criminal ring under the disguise of a heterodox Islamic cult which carried out international antievolution campaigns through various publishing houses and media outlets.
His online A9 TV channel was also shut down.
In January 2021, Oktar was convicted of 10 separate charges, including leading a criminal gang, engaging in political and military espionage, sexual abuse of minors, rape, blackmail and causing torment.
The charges also included aiding the network led by US-based Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Oktar was sentenced at the time to 1,075 years, but an upper court overturned that ruling.
During the retrial, Istanbul’s High Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced Oktar to 8,658 years in prison on several charges, including sexual abuse and depriving someone of their liberty, the Anadolu news agency reported.
The court also sentenced 10 other suspects to 8,658 years in prison each, the agency said.
According to the Turkish Daily Sabah, the sentences did not exceed a previous record sentence issued by the court – which was 9,803 years and six months – but are still one of the longest in the country and in the world.
Reference: Al jazeera:
- Pope’s trip to Africa spotlights conflict and church’s future
- Seven people killed in ‘terror attack’ shooting at synagogue in Jerusalem
- Protests against burning of Koran held across Middle East
- ‘Church part of the problem’ in discrimination against Gypsy and Roma community
- Priest who 'died and went to hell' claims he heard 'demons singing pop songs'
- Messianic leader who mesmerised followers by staring at them charged with sex crimes
- How an anti-Semitic ‘fake news’ conspiracy drove mass murder in Franco’s Spain
- First Palestinian woman pastor in Holy Land ordained
- Church of England ‘to refuse to back change to allow same-sex marriages’
- Emanuela Orlandi vanished 40 years ago. Why is the Vatican just now opening an investigation?
- Euston gunman fired into church after funeral of cancer victim, 20, and her mother
- Church of England told to 'sort its own house out' before paying slavery reparations
- Late Cardinal Pell unmasked as secret Vatican blogger on ‘catastrophic’ Pope Francis
- Pope Francis could be ousted in 'secret plan' by Vatican hardliners
- Pope warns Vatican staff an 'elegant demon' lurks among them
- When is Epiphany 2023? The date, meaning of Twelfth Night and traditions behind the feast day explained
- Putin orders ceasefire in Ukraine over Orthodox Christmas - Kremlin
- Archbishop of Canterbury condemns desecration of Christian graves in Jerusalem cemetery
- Pope Benedict to be entombed in triple coffin made of cypress, zinc and oak
- Anti-abortion priest who backed Donald Trump is defrocked by Vatican
- Let There Be Light
- Plants that feel and Speak
- The Singing Forest
- The Singing Forest-2
- Using Essential Oils for Spiritual Connection
- Heaven Scent
- Plants that Feel and Speak-2
- Making the Spiritual Connection
- The Sanctity of Plants
- The Aroma Of Worship - Introduction
- Essential Oils: The unseen Energies
- The Aroma Of Worship-Foreward
- Methods Of Use
- Handling and Storage
- Spiritual Blending