"Harun Yahya" sentenced to over 1000 years

Adnan Oktar, the controversial Islamic creationist who publishes under the name Harun Yahya, was sentenced to serve more than a millennium in Turkish prison on January 11, 2021, according to the Hürriyet Daily News (January 11, 2021).

"The court gave Oktar a total of 1,075 years and three months in prison over the charges of founding and leading a criminal organization, political or military espionage, aiding the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), sexual abuse of minors, sexual abuse, deprivation of liberty of a person, torture, disturbance of right to education, recording personal data and making threats," according to the Daily Sabah (January 11, 2021).

Through the Scientific Research Foundation (Bilim Arastirma Vakfi, or BAV), Oktar and his followers produced a steady stream of publications and audiovisual material aimed at dismissing evolution as baseless and pernicious.

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