Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Turkish Religious Cult Leader Jailed For 1,000 Years For Sex Crimes

 

The bearded 64-year-old was detained in 2018 along with more than 200 other suspects as part of a crackdown on his group by the financial crimes unit of the Istanbul police.

He was sentenced to 1,075 years for crimes including sexual assault, sexual abuse of minors, fraud and attempted political and military espionage, the private NTV broadcaster reported.


The court also sentenced two executives in Oktar’s organisation, Tarkan Yavas and Oktar Babuna, to 211 and 186 years, respectively.

TheGuardian

The official Anadolu news agency reported that Oktar was additionally found guilty of aiding a group led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen that Turkey blames for staging a failed coup attempt in 2016.

He has denied links to Gulen and has called suggestions that he led a sex cult an “urban myth”.

Some 236 defendants faced charges, 78 of whom were held in custody pending trial, Anadolu reported. Most of the suspects have maintained their innocence since the first court hearing in September 2019.


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