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A Turkish cult leader, seen with poorly dressed women, was imprisoned for 1,000 years on charges of sexual assault

A Turkish Muslim TV preacher, who surrounded himself with scantily clad women on TV, was sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison on Monday for sexual crimes, local media reported.

Adnan Oktar preached conservative views while the women he described as his “cats” – many of whom had undergone plastic surgery – danced about him in the TV studio.

The 64-year-old was arrested in June 2018 as part of a crackdown on his group by the Istanbul Police Financial Crimes Unit.

Private NTV reported that he was sentenced to 1,075 years in prison for crimes including sexual assault, sexual assault of minors, fraud, and attempted political and military espionage.

The official Anadolu news agency reported that about 236 suspects are under trial in the case, 78 of whom are under arrest.

The hearings contained gruesome details and horrific allegations of sexual crimes.

Oktar told the chief justice in December that he had nearly 1,000 girlfriends.

“There is an overflow of love in my heart for women. Love is a human quality.” He said at another hearing in October, it is an adjective of a Muslim.

He added on another occasion, “I am extraordinarily strong.”

Oktar first caught public attention in the 1990s when he was a cult leader and caught up in several sexual scandals.

His A9 TV channel online began broadcasting in 2011, prompting condemnations from religious leaders in Turkey.

One of the women at his trial, which was identified only as CC, told the court that Oktar had sexually assaulted her and other women repeatedly.

CC told the court that some of the women who raped them were forced to take birth control pills.

Asked about 69,000 birth control pills that police found at his home, Oktar said they were used to treat skin disorders and menstrual disorders.

He also denied any connection to a group led by a Muslim preacher residing in the United States God opened Gülen, Whom Turkish authorities accuse of plotting a coup attempt in 2016.

Oktar is a creationist who rejects the Darwinian theory of evolution and has written a book of 770 pages entitled “Atlas of Creation” under the pen name Harun Yahya.



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