Communist 'Cult Leader' Aravindan Balakrishnan Convicted in Slave Case

December 4, 2015 3:49 PM

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Communist 'Cult Leader' Aravindan Balakrishnan Convicted in Slave Case

LONDON — A communist "cult leader" who brainwashed three women — including his own daughter — and for years controlled every aspect of their lives was convicted Friday of false imprisonment, child cruelty and rape.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, was the "charismatic leader" of a political collective he founded in the 1970s named the Workers' Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought.

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