Istanbul police arrested controversial televangelist Adnan Oktar, known abroad as "Harun Yahya" early Wednesday. Police also launched an operation to arrest 235 people, who are suspected to have links with his "gang, Anadolu Agency reports.
Oktar has been placed in the wanted list issued by Combating Financial Crimes department of the provincial police, said security sources, who refused to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
The gang has been accused of several crimes including; establishing an organization with felon intent, child sexual abuse, sexual intercourse with a minor, kidnapping, retaining a minor, violating tax procedure law, and violating anti-terror law.
The operation is being carried out across five province, with many suspects nabbed.
Oktar, owns a TV channel called "A9", where he runs a show discussing religious and social issues, while surrounding himself with surgically enhanced women, who he refers to as his “kittens".