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Turkish police arrest televangelist Adnan Oktar
Turkish police arrest televangelist Adnan Oktar

Allegations against his "criminal organization" include sexual abuse, kidnapping of minors  

World Bulletin / News Desk

Istanbul police arrested controversial televangelist Adnan Oktar, known abroad as "Harun Yahya" early Wednesday. Police also launched an operation to arrest 235 people, who are suspected to have links with his "gang."

Oktar has been placed in the wanted list issued by Combating Financial Crimes department of the provincial police, said security sources, who refused to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The gang has been accused of several crimes including; establishing an organization with felon intent, child sexual abuse, sexual intercourse with a minor, kidnapping, retaining a minor, violating tax procedure law, and violating anti-terror law.

The operation is being carried out across five province, with many suspects nabbed.

Oktar, owns a TV channel called "A9", where he runs a show discussing religious and social issues, while surrounding himself with surgically enhanced women, who he refers to as his “kittens".

Who is Adnan Oktar?

Adnan Oktar (born 2 February 1956), also known as Harun Yahya, is a Turkish author. In more recent years, Adnan Oktar has been known for his televangelism on his TV channel, A9 TV, noted especially for featuring 'kittens', his female devotees.

His organization is commonly referred to as a cult, and he has been described as the "most notorious cult leader in Turkey."

Oktar filed more than 5000 lawsuits against individuals for defamation in the last decade, which led to the blocking of a number of prominent websites in Turkey.



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