Cult leader guilty of sex abuse charges
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.