Court remands Turkish televangelist pending trial

Adnan Oktar's shady group is accused of numerous crimes, including child sexual abuse

Court remands Turkish televangelist pending trial ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 18: Televangelist Adnan Oktar (front 2nd L) and other suspects are brought to the Haseki Training and Research Hospital May 29 Additional Service Building in order to send to court in Istanbul, Turkey on July 18, 2018. ( İsa Terli - Anadolu Agency )


By Basak Akbulut Yazar


Controversial Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar was remanded pending trial by an Istanbul court early Thursday.

The court remanded Oktar along with 168 others for allegedly committing numerous crimes, according to the judicial sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media.

Oktar was arrested in the early hours of July 10 as police searched for those with suspected links to his cult-like organization.

His group has been accused of crimes including establishing a criminal organization, child sexual abuse, sexual intercourse with a minor, kidnapping, violating tax law and violating the anti-terrorism law.

Oktar owns a TV channel called A9, from where he broadcasts a show on religious and social issues surrounded by women he refers to as his “kittens".

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