On Monday, January 11, a court in Istanbul handed over heavy jail sentences for 10 different crimes to Adnan Oktar, the leader of a cult dubbed a criminal organization by prosecutors.
During nationwide raids in 2018, the 64-year-old Oktar and hundreds of his supporters were arrested simultaneously.
Oktar, whose online television channel A9 started broadcasting in 2011, preached conservative beliefs as he called his ‘kittens’ to women, many of whom seemed to have danced around him in the TV studio for plastic surgery.
He was sentenced to 1,075 years, the private NTV broadcaster announced, for crimes including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation of children, theft, and attempted political and military espionage.
According to the official Anadolu news agency, some 236 defendants were on trial, in that case, 78 of whom are under arrest.
Back in December, Oktar told the trial court he had up to 1,000 girlfriends.
“There is an overflowing of love in my heart for women. Love is a human quality. It is a quality of a Muslim,” he said in another hearing in October 2020.
On another occasion, he added: ‘I am incredibly strong.’
In the 1990s, when he was the leader of a sect that was caught up in several sex scandals, Oktar first came to public attention.
One of the women at his trial, identified only as CC, told the court that she and other women had repeatedly been sexually assaulted by Oktar.
Some of the women he had raped, CC told the court, were compelled to take contraceptive pills.
Oktar said they were used to treat skin conditions and menstrual irregularities when asked about 69,000 contraception pills found in his home by the police.
He also denied any link to a group headed by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, accused in 2016 by the Turkish authorities of orchestrating a coup attempt.
Oktar is a creationist who, under the pen-name Harun Yahya, opposes the Darwinian theory of evolution and has written a 770-page book named ‘The Atlas of Natural.’