Turkey: a thousand years in jail for the telepreacher who used his harem to blackmail

The millionaire Adnan Oktar starred in a present on his personal channel. He attracted followers from rich households and unfold creationist theories.

The get together ended within the worst potential approach for Adnan Oktar, the millionaire telepreacher who mixed Qur’anic quotes and conspiracy theories with a heated American bar vibe on his Turkish TV exhibits. Nevertheless, it’s not what occurred within the examine, however exterior of it, that this week led to an exorbitant sentence of one thousand seventy-four years in jail.

A decide in Istanbul discovered him responsible whereas head of a “felony group” devoted “to blackmail, extortion and cash laundering.”

He additionally blamed him, together with two different capitostes of the sect – sentenced in flip to greater than 186 years in jail – of “political and navy espionage” of “collaboration with FETÖ” (the brotherhood of Fethullah Gülen that was behind the coup 2016 in opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan) and numerous prices of “baby abuse, kidnapping, rape and torture.”

Dozens of different defendants have been sentenced to phrases of as much as twelve years.

Adnan Oktar had been in pretrial detention since July 2018, when he was detained in certainly one of his numerous mansions with a swimming pool in possession of 69,000 contraceptive capsules.

The guru, who it attracted its followers amongst younger individuals from very rich households, He already served a jail sentence many years in the past in a psychiatric ward, for denying the Jewish Holocaust. Nevertheless, after 9/11 he reinvented himself as an apostle of creationism, following the instance of the American fundamentalist church buildings that vindicate Adam and Eve in opposition to the speculation of evolution.

Underneath the pen identify of Harun Yahya, Oktar would have been the instrument of diffusion of this fundamentalist ideology within the Islamic world, signing – if not writing – lots of of books on this topic, revealed in numerous languages.

At his final Ramadan farewell dinner in freedom, to which he invited a couple of hundred individuals within the lavish Çirağan palace on the banks of the Bosphorus, the foyer displayed plastic reproductions of supposed fossils that show his weird theories.

Concurrently, Oktar approached Israel and his “Islamic” packages usually featured Israeli rabbis as friends, alongside whom he proclaimed that Palestine belonged to the Jews till the Messiah appeared.

In any case, essentially the most anticipated second of his packages on his personal channel, A9, was not his geopolitical astracanadas, however the swagger that the “kittens” devoted to him on the finish. That is what he referred to as his harem, fashioned by beautiful dyed blondes, with an enlarged chest and an absent gaze.

No much less spectacular have been the male fashions that ensured the continual movement of the previous. All of them lived collectively, in a type of explicit Huge Brother, with Oktar at their heart and high fashion garments in every closet.

All through the trial, each former adherents and households of his followers charged what they describe as “kidnappings” and “threats” in a golden jail.

By Jordi Joan Baños

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