Adnan Oktar, cult leader sentenced to 8,658 years in prison, was imprisoned last year for crimes including sexual assault and espionage. Upon his retrial, he has been charged once more.
Oktar, who also went by the alias Harun Yahya, was jailed last year on a range of crimes including sexual abuse of minors, fraud and attempted political and military espionage. On Wednesday the Istanbul high criminal court handed him and 13 of his associates a sentence of 8,658 years in prison each.
Who was he working for, though?
69,000 contraceptive pills were found in his home, which he claimed in court were used to treat skin disorders and menstrual problems. Even if it was on sexual activity, that's a lot of pills. He would have had to sexually assault 2 women every day for 80 years straight in order to use this amount of pills... hmm
There's no doubt that this man assaulted women. The doubt is that he is the cult "leader".
Oktar's followers claim, however, that he has been the subject of a political stitch-up.
Aylin Kocaman, one of Oktar's supporters and a former columnist for Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, told Middle East Eye last year that the trials against him and his associates were controlled by "a bigger hand, a deep force".
Some other political figures have also questioned the conduct of his arrest and the trial. Learn more on UNIFYD TV. Click here.