Istanbul: A Turkish court has found Muslim television cleric Adnan Oktar guilty of sexually abusing minors and forming a criminal gang. The court sentenced him to 1,075 years in prison. Oktar is famous for giving religious classes in front of women on his private television channel. Oktar was convicted of 10 different offenses, including leading a criminal gang, engaging in political and military espionage, sexually abusing minors, and raping, blackmailing, and harassing. These crimes include aiding and abetting a network led by Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric.
Thirteen of Oktar’s accomplices have been sentenced to life in prison for similar offenses. But 64-year-old Oktar denied the allegations. Oktar, who said he was a victim of a conspiracy, will appeal against the verdict. Oktar was arrested along with dozens of his followers during raids on his property in Istanbul and other cities in 2018. His arrest comes after the Turkish media watchdog fined his TV channel and suspended the broadcast of his shows.