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Adnan Oktar arrested!

Postby Brian Jordan » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:36 pm

aka Harun Yahya...
I heard on the World Service that he's been arrested in Turkey for sexual offenses.
Three links, which I haven't read:
Adnan Oktar: Turkish TV preacher arrested on fraud and abuse charges
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44792102
Turkish police detain shady cult leader Adnan Oktar, search for 234 cult members
https://www.dailysabah.com/investigations/2018/07/11/turkish-police-detain-shady-cult-leader-adnan-oktar-search-for-234-cult-members
Turkish police launch raids to detain Islamic figure, followers
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1755039/3-turkish-police-launch-raids-detain-islamic-figure-followers/
EDIT
Ah, yes - the BBC also mentioned this, from the middle article
In his first remarks while being brought to a hospital for a health check, Oktar claimed that the detentions are a "plot of the British deep state,"

Does he mean us, perhaps?
EDIT
That pseudonym brings up a few more links:
Adnan Oktar, better known as Harun Yahya detained in Turkey
https://www.azernews.az/region/134601.html
Turkish police arrest TV preacher and followers accused of fraud, sexual abuse
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-turkey-security-operation/turkish-police-launch-raids-to-detain-islamic-figure-followers-idUKKBN1K10H1?il=0
It seems the rot was setting in some months ago:
Rift emerges in Harun Yahya's group as ‘kitten’ flees mansion
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/first-crack-occurs-between-kittens-from-harun-yahyas-tv-shows-after-fine-129069
which makes interesting reading, and last but not least,
Adnan Oktar, the controversial Islamic creationist who publishes under the name Harun Yahya, was arrested by Turkish police on July 11, 2018, according to the Hurriyet Daily News (July 11, 2018).

Through the Scientific Research Foundation (Bilim Arastirma Vakfi, or BAV), Oktar and his followers produce a steady stream of publications and audiovisual material aimed at dismissing evolution as baseless and pernicious.

The Hurriyet Daily News explained, "According to the detention warrant, Oktar and his followers are accused of forming a criminal organization, sexual abuse of children, sexual assault, child kidnapping, sexual harassment, blackmailing, false imprisonment, political and military espionage, fraud by exploiting religious feelings, money laundering, violation of privacy, forgery of official documents, opposition to anti-terror law, coercion, use of violence, slander, alienating citizens from mandatory military service, insulting, false incrimination, perjury, aggravated fraud, smuggling, tax evasion, bribery, torture, illegal recording of personal data, violating the law on the protection of family and women, and violating a citizen’s rights to get education and participate in politics."

It is not Oktar's first brush with the law. In 2008, as NCSE previously reported, he was convicted of "creating an illegal organization for personal gain" and sentenced to three years in prison, although his conviction was overturned on appeal in 2010.

Signs that Oktar and his organization are out of favor with the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were evident earlier in 2018, when, as Newsweek (February 1, 2018) reported, the Directorate for Religious Affairs "slammed" Oktar.

https://ncse.com/news/2018/07/harun-yahya-hot-water-0018773
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