A Turkish Muslim televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily-clad ladies on TV was jailed for greater than 1,000 years on Monday for intercourse crimes, native media reported.
Adnan Oktar preached conservative views whereas ladies he known as his “kittens” — a lot of whom appeared to have had cosmetic surgery — danced round him within the TV studio.
The 64-year-old was detained in June 2018 as a part of a crackdown on his group by the monetary crimes unit of the Istanbul police.
He was sentenced to 1,075 years for crimes together with sexual assault, sexual abuse of minors, fraud and tried political and army espionage, the personal NTV broadcaster reported.
Some 236 suspects have been on trial within the case, 78 of whom are below arrest, based on the official Anadolu information company.
The hearings have featured lurid particulars and harrowing intercourse crime allegations.
Oktar advised the presiding decide in December that he had near 1,000 girlfriends.
“There may be an overflowing of affection in my coronary heart for ladies. Love is a human high quality. It’s a high quality of a Muslim,” he mentioned in one other listening to in October.
He added on one other event: “I’m terribly potent.”
Oktar first got here to public consideration within the Nineties when he was the chief of a sect that was caught up in a number of intercourse scandals.
His on-line A9 tv channel started broadcasting in 2011, drawing denunciations from Turkey’s non secular leaders.
One of many ladies at his trial, recognized solely as CC, advised the courtroom that Oktar had repeatedly sexually abused her and different ladies.
A few of the ladies he had raped had been pressured to take contraceptive capsules, CC advised the courtroom.
Requested about 69,000 contraception capsules present in his house by the police, Oktar mentioned they had been used to deal with pores and skin problems and menstrual irregularities.
He additionally dismissed any hyperlink to a bunch led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkish authorities accuse of orchestrating a coup try in 2016.
Oktar is a creationist who rejects the Darwinian principle of evolution and has written a 770-page e-book known as “The Atlas of Creation” below the pen title, Harun Yahya.