The controversial Turkish publisher and preacher Adnan Oktar, also known as Harun Yahya, has become the talk of the local and international Turkish media since yesterday, Wednesday, after the issuance of the longest prison sentence against him in Turkey and the world, on the background of many different charges, including forming and leading a criminal organization, sexual assault, and stone personal freedoms, committing crimes of kidnapping and torture, depriving him of the right to education, and storing personal data that he did not have the right to access or keep.
The Thirtieth Supreme Criminal Court in Istanbul ruled that Oktar be imprisoned for a period of 891 years for committing six crimes, including forming a criminal gang, sexual assault, storing personal data that he did not have the right to keep, preventing members of his gang from the right to education and reserving their personal freedom, in addition to dozens of other crimes, to reach the number of years of his imprisonment. 8658 years, which is the longest prison term in Turkey and the world.
A Turkish lawyer confirmed that “this sentence, which requires imprisonment for a period of more than 86 centuries, is similar to life imprisonment,” a sentence that Oktar faces along with 14 other defendants who are part of a network of 215 people, including 72 who are behind bars. The Thirty Supreme Criminal Court has paved the way Yesterday, 68 of the accused were released after their acquittal.
Turkish lawyer Anas Cabaday said, “Oktar and the other defendants will spend all their lives in prison, given that the sentences issued against them require a very long time in prison,” adding that “their sentences are no different from life imprisonment sentences.”
He told Al-Arabiya.net, “The issuance of a sentence of imprisonment for thousands of years is actually a sentence of life imprisonment, given that the accused cannot remain in prison for that period, and therefore he will spend his entire life behind bars.”
The Turkish lawyer also excluded the possibility of Oktar and the other defendants benefiting from the amnesty provisions issued by the Turkish authorities.
In this regard, he said, “The issuance of any general amnesty may mean dropping the sentence of several charges against the prisoners, but Oktar and the other defendants face dozens of sentences, which means that any amnesty issued will not lead to their release due to the multiplicity of sentences they face.”
The Thirtieth Supreme Criminal Court in Istanbul had upheld a prison sentence against Oktar for 891 years yesterday, Wednesday, bringing the total years of his imprisonment to 8,658 years, with the rulings that Turkish courts previously issued against him last year, along with other defendants belonging to the gang he formed, but Oktar calls the gang a name “sect” and denies the charges against him.
The 66-year-old Oktar, who is also accused of exploiting religious beliefs, fraud, forgery, and violating anti-smuggling and terrorism laws, gained wide fame years ago after presenting a religious television program that sparked widespread controversy in Turkey and eventually led to his arrest in 2018, and then another sentence was issued that served him a term of imprisonment. One thousand and 75 years old in the past 2021 for committing sexual crimes against women who worked with him.