ISTANBUL: On Monday, a Turkish court sentenced a Muslim televangelist who surrounded himself with sparsely dressed women he called “kittens” for sex offences to more than 1,000 years in prison.
Adnan Oktar preached creationism and traditional ideals, as women danced around him to upbeat music in the TV studio in provocative dresses, all of which claimed to have had cosmetic surgery.
As part of a crackdown on his party by the Istanbul Police Financial Crimes Unit, the bearded 64-year-old was arrested in 2018 along with more than 200 other suspects.
He was sentenced to 1,075 years, the private NTV broadcaster announced, for offences involving sexual harassment, sexual exploitation of children, bribery and alleged political and military espionage.
Two executives from the Oktar company, Tarkan Yavas and Oktar Babuna, were both sentenced to 211 and 186 years respectively by the judge.
Oktar was also found guilty of helping a party headed by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen that Turkey blames for staging a botched coup attempt in 2016, the official Anadolu news agency reported.