The turkish preacher Adnan Oktar, an anti-Semitic leader of an Islamist sect and known for his television program, was sentenced to 1,075 years in prison for several crimes of sexual abuse and fraud.
The Istanbul court that conducted the trial also found him guilty of armed robbery, kidnapping, creation of a criminal organization and attempted espionage, according to information from the state news agency Anatolia, cited by EFE.
Oktar, 64, has been in prison since 2018 and is known for his many books promoting the creationism against the biological theory of the evolution of Charles Darwin.
However, the sexual abuser became popular after appearing on his television show surrounded by young boys and girls, who performed provocative dances. Oktar called them “kittens and kittens“.
In the same trial, 236 Oktar collaborators were also convicted, all suspected of having ties to the cult of the preacher.
According to the same Ankara-based news agency, one of the defendants was sentenced to 211 years in prison and another to 186 years for crimes of sexual abuse and fraud. The others involved were sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of belonging to and financing a criminal organization.
Oktar became known as a writer after publishing a series of books under the pseudonym “Harun Yhya”, where he criticized the theory of evolution. In the 1980s, he was confined to a mental hospital. In 1999 he was arrested again but, after a two-year trial, the charges against him were dropped and he was released.
According to a profile drawn by the BBCOktar, who lived surrounded by luxury, extravagances and models, also preached anti-Semitism, denying the Jewish Holocaust, and considered himself an opponent of the Freemasons.