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.
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.