Turkish sex cult leader and televangelist Adnan Oktar was sentenced to 1,075 years in prison for crimes including torture and the sexual abuse of some of his female followers, who have now spoken out
A woman who was trapped in a brutal sex cult has told how she was forced to undergo a nose job operation without anesthetic.
Hardline Islamic cult leader Adnan Oktar, 64, was sentenced to 1,075 years last month in Turkey for a series of horrific crimes including sexual assault, sexual abuse of minors, fraud and attempted political and military espionage.
He lived a controversial life of luxury, and broadcast theories on the end of the world from a studio filled with attractive women who would wear makeup, wigs and bondage-style Versace dresses
Earlier this year he was found guilty of horrific charges including leading a criminal gang, sexual abuse of minors, sexual abuse, rape, blackmail, fraud, political and military espionage and causing torment.
Thirteen other high-level members of his group were sentenced in total to 9,803 years and six months in jail in an Istanbul court.
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Victims painted a horrific picture in court – with some alleging their rapes were recorded on a ‘scoreboard’ while another victim told the court that women were forced to take birth control after being raped.
When police raided Oktar’s home they found nearly 70,000 contraceptive pills, which he claimed were used for treating skin disorders and mental health issues
Now, one woman who met Oktar as a teenager has spoken to the Sunday Times about her horrific experiences.
Seda Isildar, now 50 and living in Canada, recognized the TV preacher after seeing him on the front of a local magazine, and initially believed he represented a modernized version of Islam.
She said: “They tell you you’re special. You are different from the rest of the herd. You’re 15 years and you just don’t want to ruin it for everybody else.
“You’re part of that group. And they isolate you, it’s like a toxic relationship.”
But soon everything changed, as Oktar began to sexually abuse her and coerced her into marriage when she was still a schoolgirl, while he was in his early 30s.
The abuse continued to escalate with Okatar forcing Seda to have a nose job aged 20 – without a general anesthetic.
She can still remember the hammer and chisel being used – as she counted how many times she was hit in the face.
Seda finally escaped the cult after eight years and moved to Canada where she started a new life.
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The hardline preacher first became a public figure in the 90s, while leading the Science Research Foundation.
It focused on scientific activities “that target mass awareness concerning what the real underlying causes of social and political conflicts are”.
But in 2011, he established a satellite channel, A9 TV, which produced documentaries based on his beliefs, while a scantily-clad group of women hung on to his every word.
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The channel made him into a well-known figure with some videos capturing him denying Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Former ‘kitten’ Ceylan Ozgul, then 24, got caught up in Oktar’s cult when she was attending her third year of university.
She helped organize the group’s activities and became a prominent member who would appear on the channel.
She told the Times: “The only image in people’s minds about Adnan Oktar was girls in bikinis or revealing clothes and dancing.
“Unfortunately this makes the subject really light. But it is not a subject to be taken lightly. It is actually about how to enslave young women and young men.”
Ceylan found herself trapped inside that world, with her movements limited and her communications heavily monitored.
In the summer of 2018, she escaped after successfully making contact with her family through a smart TV.
According to the Daily Sabaha former member who testified in court claimed that members took part in a shocking “turnike” (or turnstile) system, where new women entering the group had to have sex with men in the organisation.
The outlet quoted him saying: “They had a scoreboard, and members would be elected ‘champion’ of the week, day or month based on the number of women they had sexual intercourse with.
“Those with less number of rapes were accused of being gay.”.
There is no suggestion that any of the women that are pictured here were involved in any of the allegations made against him.