"Harun Yahya" sentenced to over 8500 years

Adnan Oktar

Adnan Oktar, the controversial Islamic creationist who publishes under the name Harun Yahya, was sentenced to serve 8568 years in prison for a long list of offenses on November 16, 2022, according to the Daily Sabah (November 16, 2022).

In early 2020, after Oktar was convicted on a host of criminal charges, including founding and leading a criminal organization, political or military espionage, aiding a terrorist group, sexual abuse of minors, sexual exploitation, deprivation of liberty of a person, torture, disturbance of right to education, misusing personal data, and making threats, he was sentenced to over 1075 years in prison, as NCSE previously reported. But in early 2022, a higher court ordered a retrial owing to procedural deficiencies in the original trial, as the Hurriyet Daily News (March 17, 2022) explained.

Through his so-called 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.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.