In a first, a Turkish court has sentenced Islamic television preacher and author Adnan Oktar to over a 1,000 years for scores of offences, including sexual abuse of minors, forming a criminal gang, fraud, military espionage, blackmail and causing trouble.
The televangelist, who uses a pen name Harun Yahya, was sentenced for 1,075 years, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The charges also include aiding the network led by Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric whom Turkey accuse of coup in 2016.
The convict is known for holding theological discussions often surrounded by women, fondly known as ‘kitten’. He previously ran his own TV channel A9, airing talks on Islamic values.
In 2018, he was arrested along with 77 others by the Istanbul police and was kept custodial trial.
Oktar and his associates were sentenced too to lengthy sentences on similar charges. While those thirteen were awarded with 9,803 years and six months in jail, Oktar himself was sentenced to a total 1.075 years and three months in prison on 10 courts.
The arrests came after Turkeys media watchdog imposed fines on the 64-year-old’s TV channel and suspended broadcasts of his show.