Court remands Turkish televangelist pending trial
Adnan Oktar's shady group is accused of numerous crimes, including child sexual abuse
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".Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.