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Cult leader guilty of sex abuse charges

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2015 | 12:24 PM
Maoist cult leader Aravindan Balakrishnan

LONDON (AP):

A Maoist cult leader has been found guilty of sexually assaulting his female followers and imprisoning his own daughter in a London commune for 30 years.

A jury found 75-year-old Aravindan Balakrishnan guilty of four counts of rape and six counts of indecent assault. He was also convicted of causing bodily harm, cruelty to a child and false imprisonment.

Prosecutors said Balakrishnan, known as 'Comrade Bala', led a small radical communist group in London in the 1970s. They say he sexually abused and brainwashed his followers into believing he had God-like powers.

The case came to light in 2013, when police released three women from a south London house, saying they had been cut off from the outside world for decades.