Controversial Turkish televangelist arrested

Source: CNN

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)Police arrested controversial Islamic televangelist Adnan Oktar in an early-morning raid on his upscale home in Turkey’s largest city, according to state news agency Anadolu.


Turkish police officers escort televangelist and leader of a sect, Adnan Oktar (C) on July 11, 2018, in Istanbul, as he is arrested on fraud charges. – Turkish police detained the televangelist on fraud charges on July 11, 2018, notorious for propagating conservative views while surrounded by scantily-clad women he refers to as his “kittens”. (Photo by – / DOGAN NEWS AGENCY / AFP) / Turkey OUT (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

More than 160 people with links to Oktar were rounded up in the operation led by the police’s financial crimes department across five provinces. A total of 235 people were sought by the authorities.
According to Anadolu, the group is accused of a long list of crimes including sex abuse, kidnapping of minors and sexual intercourse with a minor.
Oktar, also known by the name Harun Yahya, promoted his own version of Islam through discussions that aired on his TV channel.

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