A picture of Turkish preacher Adnan Oktar with his female followers before his arrest
A court in Istanbul on Monday (January 11, 2021) sentenced controversial preacher Adnan Oktar to 1,075 years and three months in prison after being convicted on charges including child sexual abuse, espionage and organized crime, Anatolia news agency reported. The charges against him also include assisting a terrorist group and illegally recording personal data.
Octar (also known as Harun Yahia) was arrested in 2018 and has gained fame by reappearing on his television channel surrounded by women who were called “little cats”, who dance while performing religious debates.
Dozens of his followers were arrested, and many were sentenced on Monday. Anadolu said the total number of defendants was 236, 78 of whom are already detained.
Anadolu agency reported that some 236 suspects are on trial in the case, 78 of whom are in detention.
The hearings included scandalous details and shocking allegations of sexual offences.
Octar told the President of the Court in December that he had nearly 1,000 girlfriends. “There is a flood of love in my heart for women,” he said at another hearing in October. Love is a human trait. It is one of the characteristics of a Muslim.” “I am unusually strong,” he added on another occasion.
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One woman at his trial, identified only as “CC”, told the court that Octar had repeatedly sexually assaulted her and other women. Cc told the court that some of the women he raped were forced to take the pill. When asked about 69,000 contraceptive pills found by police at his home, Oktar said they were used to treat skin disorders and menstrual disorders.
The controversial preacher denied any links to the US-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, who is accused by Turkish authorities of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. Octar also denied all charges against him, including child exploitation, saying there were conspiracies against him.
Oktar first attracted public attention in the 1990s when he was the leader of a cult that had been caught up in numerous sex scandals.
Source: Turkish Azaul