In his television program, Oktar always appeared accompanied by young people who performed provocative dances and whom the preacher calls “kittens.”
Turkish telepreacher Adnan Oktar, leader of an Islamist sect and known for his television program in which he appeared surrounded by handsome boys and girls, was sentenced today to 1,075 years in prison for various crimes of sexual abuse and fraud.
The Istanbul court that sentenced him has also found him guilty of armed assault, kidnapping, creation of a criminal organization and attempted espionage, reports the Anadolu agency.
The 64-year-old telepreacher, who has been in prison since 2018, is known for his many writings promoting creationism against Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
In his television program, Oktar always appeared accompanied by young boys and girls, who performed provocative dances and whom the preacher calls “kittens.”
In the same trial, 236 Oktar collaborators have also been convicted, all suspected of having links with the cult of the eccentric telepreacher.
One of the accused has been sentenced to 211 years in prison and another to 186 years, for various crimes of sexual abuse and fraud.
The others have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for belonging to and financing a criminal organization.
Oktar, who became known by publishing a series of books under the pseudonym “Harun Yhya”, in which he talks about creation and criticized the theory of evolution, was arrested in the 1980s and placed in a mental hospital.
In 1999 he was arrested again but, after two years of trial, the charges against him were dropped and he was released.