Turkish ‘sex cult’ leader who preached while surrounded by glamorous women dubbed his ‘kittens’ is arrested over fraud

Turkish ‘sex cult’ leader who preached while surrounded by glamorous women dubbed his ‘kittens’ is arrested over fraud

By Cheyenne Roundtree For Mailonline

13:10 EDT 11 Jul 2018, updated 13:24 EDT 11 Jul 2018

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• Adnan Oktar, an alleged Turkish sex cult leader, was detained on Wednesday

• The controversial Islamic televangelist figure was handcuffed in Istanbul

• He and some of his female supporters were arrested over fraud accusations

• Oktar presented programmes surrounded by scantily-clad and heavily made-up women – who appeared to have had plastic surgery – who he dubbed ‘kittens’

An alleged Turkish sex cult leader who preached sermons while surrounded by glamorous women who he dubbed his ‘kittens’, has been arrested over fraud.

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Adnan Oktar, a bizarre and controversial Islamic televangelist figure, was detained in his villa in Istanbul’s upmarket Cengelkoy district by local police on Wednesday.

Police said accusations against Oktar include forming a gang with criminal intent, sexual abuse of minors, sexual assault, kidnapping, blackmail, fraud, money laundering and exploitation of religious sentiments.

Oktar presented programmes surrounded by scantily-clad and heavily made-up women – who appeared to have had plastic surgery – who he dubbed ‘kittens’.

The alleged sex cult leader was detained along with dozens of mainly female alleged supporters.

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Adnan Oktar, an alleged Turkish sex cult leader who preached sermons while surrounded by glamorous women who he dubbed his ‘kittens’, was arrested over fraud on Wednesday

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Police said accusations against Oktar include forming a gang with criminal intent, sexual abuse of minors, sexual assault, kidnapping, blackmail, fraud, money laundering and exploitation of religious sentiments

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Oktar presented programmes surrounded by scantily-clad and heavily made-up women – who appeared to have had plastic surgery – who he dubbed ‘kittens’

Adnan Oktar holds theological discussion surrounded by ‘kittens’

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Video footage showed Oktar and other suspects being escorted to a hospital for medical checks before being questioned by police.

Before officers took him for a medical check, Oktar told waiting media that the claims were ‘lies’, adding: ‘This is a game by the British deep state.’

He often rails against the so-called ‘British deep state’ in his programme and in one video, he says it has ‘sneakily disguised itself’ and is linked to criminal groups.

Oktar is himself accused of political and military espionage by authorities.

Oktar is a creationist who rejects the Darwinian theory of evolution and has written a 770-page book ‘The Atlas of Creation’ under the pen name, Harun Yahya.

Oktar first came to media attention in the 1990s when he was the leader of a sect caught up in multiple sex scandals. As a result, he had faced similar criminal charges of setting up a criminal organisation.

Istanbul police said warrants were issued against Oktar and 234 of his followers and that financial crime units were carrying out operations in Istanbul and four other cities to detain them.

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<img id=”i-3c102a000b29c26f” class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/11/18/4E1DE53600000578-5943191-image-a-20_1531328602341.jpg&#8221; width=”634″ height=”422″ alt=”Oktar – also known by his pen name Harun Yahya – has authored numerous books promoting creationism against Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as conspiracy theories”/>

Oktar – also known by his pen name Harun Yahya – has authored numerous books promoting creationism against Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as conspiracy theories

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<img id=”i-49dd9cb1a4513976″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/11/18/4E1E37BE00000578-5943191-image-a-22_1531328618843.jpg&#8221; width=”634″ height=”355″ alt=”The alleged sex cult leader was detained along with dozens of mainly female supporters”/>

The alleged sex cult leader was detained along with dozens of mainly female supporters

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<img id=”i-d841bedc358c9f5f” class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/11/18/4E1E37D000000578-5943191-image-a-21_1531328607672.jpg&#8221; width=”634″ height=”355″ alt=”Oktar’s assets were seized, a report said, adding that authorities appointed a trustee to his companies, associations and foundations”/>

Oktar’s assets were seized, a report said, adding that authorities appointed a trustee to his companies, associations and foundations

Oktar was caught as he was trying to run away, the Istanbul public prosecutor said in a statement, quoted by the Hurriyet daily. His lawyers were also detained.

He is also accused of ‘setting up an organisation with the aim of committing crime’, ‘committing fraud through abuse of religious belief and sentiment’, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Oktar’s assets were seized, Anadolu said, adding that authorities appointed a trustee to his companies, associations and foundations.

Weapons including guns and rifles were also found during the raids, the agency said.

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The agency said 166 of the suspects had been detained so far in raids on 120 addresses in four provinces.

In February, Turkey’s media watchdog imposed fines on Oktar’s TV channel and suspended broadcasts of shows where the televangelist holds Islamic theological discussions surrounded by glamorous women known as ‘kittens.’

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<img id=”i-9fbbd6dcb479bf6″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/11/18/4E1DE50E00000578-5943191-image-a-24_1531328630401.jpg&#8221; width=”634″ height=”624″ alt=”Before officers took him for a medical check, Oktar told waiting media that the claims were ‘lies’, adding: ‘This is a game by the British deep state'”/>

Before officers took him for a medical check, Oktar told waiting media that the claims were ‘lies’, adding: ‘This is a game by the British deep state’

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<img id=”i-a40eed6ad58ea56f” class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/11/18/4E1E37C400000578-5943191-image-a-23_1531328624922.jpg&#8221; width=”634″ height=”355″ alt=”Weapons including guns and rifles were also found during the raids, the news agency said”/>

Weapons including guns and rifles were also found during the raids, the news agency said

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<img id=”i-3cd40e8b7a9d4491″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/11/18/4E1D255500000578-5943191-image-a-26_1531328696010.jpg&#8221; width=”634″ height=”821″ alt=”Asked why he was being held, Oktar told journalists as he entered the hospital: ‘It’s a British plot.’ He did not explain his comment”/>

Asked why he was being held, Oktar told journalists as he entered the hospital: ‘It’s a British plot.’ He did not explain his comment

The women are often provocatively dressed, hair bleached blonde with plastic surgery. More than 100 of those to be detained are women.

Oktar – also known by his pen name Harun Yahya – has authored numerous books promoting creationism against Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as conspiracy theories.

Asked why he was being held, Oktar told journalists as he entered the hospital: ‘It’s a British plot.’ He did not explain his comment.

People gathered outside the hospital and were heard booing and mocking him.

Elvan Kocak, a Turk living in Austria, filed a lawsuit against Oktar earlier this year, accusing him of kidnapping his two daughters, after he saw them on one of the televangelist’s broadcasts. After hearing the news of the operation, Kocak was quoted on private news agency DHA as saying ‘I am very excited, very happy.’

Ceylan Ozgul, a woman who appeared on Oktar’s shows, told Anadolu she escaped the network in 2017 after spending a decade inside.

She warned parents on social media to watch out for their children.

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