Posted by: Lister | May 12, 2008

Harun Yahya jailed

Yahya (real name Adnan Oktar) is a creationist. I posted on his tactic of quote mining some time ago.

He’s been jailed, but not for crimes against science. Reuters:

Controversial Turkish Islamic author Adnan Oktar was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday for creating an illegal organization for personal gain, state-run Anatolian news agency said.

A spokeswoman for his Science Research Foundation (BAV) confirmed to Reuters that Oktar had been sentenced but said the judge was influenced by political and religious pressure groups.

Oktar had been tried with 17 other defendants in an Istanbul court. The verdict and sentence came after a previous trial that began in 2000 after Oktar, along with 50 members of his foundation, was arrested in 1999.

In that court case, Oktar had been charged with using threats for personal benefit and creating an organization with the intent to commit a crime. The charges were dropped but another court picked them up resulting in the latest case.

He plans to appeal.

I hadn’t heard of these charges before, and I’m still not sure what they are.

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