Istanbul police confiscate guns, money in Oktar probe 

Istanbul police confiscate guns, money in Oktar probe 

ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency

Istanbul police on July 20 seized a large ammunition, over one million Turkish Liras, and more than 2,500 digital documents as part of a probe of controversial Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar.     

According to security sources speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, 1.5 million Turkish Liras ($312,000), 96 pistols, and 23 rifles were confiscated during the operation across the city.     

Oktar was detained on July 10 as police also searched for people suspected of links to his cult-like organization.     

On July 17, an Istanbul court arrested Oktar along with 168 others for allegedly committing numerous crimes.      

His group has been accused of crimes including establishing a criminal organization, child sexual abuse, sexual intercourse with a minor, kidnapping, violating tax law, and violating the anti-terrorism law.     

Oktar's TV channel broadcast his shows on religious and social issues surrounded by women he referred to as his “kittens."