"Harun Yahya" sentenced to over 8500 years

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.

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