Turkish ‘cult leader’ Oktar sentenced to 8,658 years in prison | Prison News

Adnan Oktar was charged with main a felony gang, partaking in political and navy espionage, and sexual abuse of minors, amongst others.

An Istanbul courtroom has sentenced a televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily clad girls he known as “kittens” to eight,658 years in jail in a retrial, Turkish native media reported.

Adnan Oktar, who has been described as a “cult chief”, led tv programmes surrounded by girls as he preached creationism and conservative values.

He additionally revealed books in a number of languages all over the world, underneath the pen title Harun Yahya.

The 66-year-old and lots of of his followers had been arrested in 2018 after a police raid on his villa revealed he ran a felony ring underneath the disguise of a heterodox Islamic cult which carried out worldwide antievolution campaigns by way of varied publishing homes and media shops.

His on-line A9 TV channel was additionally shut down.

In January 2021, Oktar was convicted of 10 separate prices, together with main a felony gang, partaking in political and navy espionage, sexual abuse of minors, rape, blackmail and inflicting torment.

The fees additionally included aiding the community led by US-based Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding a failed coup try in 2016.

Oktar was sentenced on the time to 1,075 years, however an higher courtroom overturned that ruling.

Throughout the retrial, Istanbul’s Excessive Legal Courtroom on Wednesday sentenced Oktar to eight,658 years in jail on a number of prices, together with sexual abuse and depriving somebody of their liberty, the Anadolu information company reported.

The courtroom additionally sentenced 10 different suspects to eight,658 years in jail every, the company stated.

In line with the Turkish Daily Sabah, the sentences didn’t exceed a earlier document sentence issued by the courtroom – which was 9,803 years and 6 months – however are nonetheless one of many longest within the nation and on the planet.