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    The 2007 case does not mention anything about cults or gurus. The allegations are based on the same common law offenses as the first case. The charge of extortion stems from fines that followers must pay in certain circumstances, while the fraud charge is related to the sale of courses with no real value and of overvalued E-meters. The alleged violations of privacy concern the keeping of files in which extremely intimate details about members are recorded.
    With charges like these the Prosecutor doesn't need to mention cults.

    And the Co$ spokesperson is lying.
    In January 2013 CoS claimed to have more than 11,000 centres in 167 nations.
    From their own websites, they had 465 'churches' in 60 countries.

    http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthrea...363#post789363


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    Losing faith? Belgium to charge Church of Scientology with fraud and extortion - reports

    After a long lasting legal battle Belgium prosecutors demand to label the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization and charge it and its leaders with extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, and the illegal practice of medicine.

    The subpoenas have been sent to the scientologists, the local financial newspaper De Tijd reported.

    The charges against the Church of Scientology stem from employment contracts issued to recruit volunteers and members allegedly breaching the country's strict employment laws. In Belgium as in some other countries Scientology is not recognized as a faith.

    In 2008 the Belgium Labor Mediation Service complained about number of labor contracts, prompting an investigation.

    A judge then ordered raids on Scientology premises where police allegedly “managed to seize a wealth of evidence,” that the organization had spied on and extorted money from its members, the Flanders News reported.

    Belgian authorities have been legally battling Scientologists since 2007, when the country tried to label the movement as a cult. Around the same time Belgian prosecutors ruled that the Belgian Church of Scientology, plus Scientology's Office of Human Rights and their 12 members, should be charged with extortion, fraud, organized crime, illegal medical practice.

    They were accused of practicing medicine without a license and violating privacy laws.

    ( full: ) http://rt.com/news/scientology-crimi...s-belgium-043/

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    Huffpo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/1...n_2375823.html

    Federal public prosecutors in Belgium will institute legal proceedings against the church of Scientology in that country and seek to recognize it as a criminal organization.

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    Translation of a French article posted on December 29, 2012 on the RTL television website:
    Poursuivie par le parquet, l'Eglise de Scientologie est "indignée"
    "Church of Scientology "indignant" over prosecutions in Belgium

    December 29, 2012

    The Federal Prosecutor's Office has decided to prosecute the Church of Scientology of Belgium as a "criminal organization." On Saturday, the American cult said it is "indignant."

    The Belgian branch of the American cult and two of its top officials are also accused of fraud, the illegal practice of medicine, various violations of the privacy protection law, and extortion. On Saturday, the Church of Scientology of Belgium said it is "indignant" and asserted that it "[has] not received anything official from the prosecutor's office." "This is a new attack against freedom of religion, which, this time, is taking on the dimensions of an inquisition," added the spokeswoman for the Belgian Scientologists.

    "This is not the first time that the media report accusations that concern us before we can be informed in advance. This goes completely against the presumption of innocence and the Declaration of Human Rights that Belgium has signed."

    "Violation of the presumption of innocence"

    The Church of Scientology of Belgium also wrote in a statement that it has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights for "violation of the presumption of innocence." The statement also emphasizes that Scientology is recognized as a religion in many countries and that the expansion of this new religious movement is a fact. "Our community today includes 7,500 churches, missions, and groups in 157 countries," declared the organization.

    On Friday, various media reported that the prosecutor's investigation revolves mainly around the organization's internal practices. The starting point was a complaint from the regional employment services in Brussels concerning work contracts advertised by the "church" but designed for volunteers and members.

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    Our community today includes 7,500 churches, missions, and groups in 157 countries
    I always laugh at these wild jokes about the scientology presence. 157 countries - that is all but 9 in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonycat View Post
    I always laugh at these wild jokes about the scientology presence. 157 countries - that is all but 9 in the world.
    Well, you obviously have MUs on the words "presence", "countries", and "world". Clear them up and you'll see that the CoS is being...ahem...truthful.



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    Anybody care for some Double Belgian Chocolate Truffle Fudge Caek?






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    In the paper De Standaard Belgian COS responds with the yadayada one could have expected:

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    Scientology: "This is an attack against the freedom of religion '

    BRUSSELS - The Church of Scientology responds "outraged" on reports in the media. "We have to date not received anything from the court. This is another attack on the freedom of religion, which now takes the form of an inquisition, "says spokeswoman Myriam Zonnekeyn Saturday afternoon in a press release.

    The federal prosecution prosecutes the Belgian branch of Scientology as a criminal organization. The movement and two senior executives are accused of fraud, illegal medicine, various breaches of privacy and extortion. This was also confirmed to our editors.

    According to Zonnekeyn it is not the first time that the media are begin informed 'of premature accusations'. "That is contrary to the presumption of innocence and human rights standards that Belgium also signed. The Church of Scientology has made a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights for violations of the presumption of innocence.", it is said in the press release.

    The judicial investigation started in 2008, but that the prosecutor asks for Scientology to prosecute does not necessarily mean that there is going to be a trial. It is the court that will ultimately have to decide whether there is enough evidence for that.

    The Church of Scientology has been recognized as a religion in many countries around the world, including the U.S. Worldwide, the movement is said to haven more than 12 million followers. In Belgium, the number of Scientologists is estimated at several hundred.

    There are currently more than 7,500 churches, missions and groups in 157 countries. Furthermore, the movement itself claims to doing social work, such as drug prevention, human rights education and assistance in disaster areas.
    http://www.standaard.be/artikel/deta...21229_00417471

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    Today's The Age (Melbourne) also has a short par about this suit (which unfortunately is not on The Age's website). The story's starting to spread.

    I particularly like the way Cruise is reported to be the leader of the organisation. I don't think DM will stand for that for too long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnql1 View Post
    Translation of a French article posted on December 29, 2012 on the website of La Libre Belgique:
    L’étau se resserre sur la Scientologie
    The organization has the scent of sulfur.
    Oh I do like that!
    QUOTE OF THE YEAR: "I wasn't aware that a documentary (on scientology) was coming out but I'll be sure to not watch it." A Scientologist

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    Belgium Aims to Take Down Scientology



    Scientologists may soon be facing their most challenging court case yet. After a years long legal battle, federal prosecutors in Belgium now believe that their investigation is complete enough to charge the Church of Scientology and its leaders as a criminal organization on charges of extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, and the illegal practice of medicine.

    Flanders News reports that the decision "follows years of investigation that was triggered by a complaint by the Labour Mediation Service in the Brussels Region. Labour mediators were unhappy with a number of labour contracts."

    The Belgian newspaper added:

    "The matter ended up on the desk of examining magistrate Michel Claise, who ordered raids on Church of Scientology premises in 2008. During the raids police managed to seize a wealth of evidence."

    Two Belgian newspapers, De Tijd and L'Echo, are also reporting that the Belgian federal attorney is now seeking prosecution.

    According to multiple reports, the Belgian government will not charge Scientology for being a cult. Instead, they are focusing on prosecuting it as a criminal organization, which is a rather new twist. Most of the groups court battles to date have focused on establishing its legitimacy as a religion.

    Belgian authorities have been battling with Scientologists since 2007, when the government tried to label the group with a cult status.

    The Church of Scientology's European headquarters are located in Brussels, so any ban in Belgium could be devastating to the group.

    http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/19704


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    Belgium prosecutor's office accuses Church of Scientology of being "a criminal organization"

    A news report from a Belgium television station (embedded below) says that the criminal charges have been brought by the Belgium Federal Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutor's office accuses the Church and two of its senior executives of "the illegal practice of the art of healing, fraud, extortion, forgery and use of false documents, beach of privacy, and being a criminal organization."

    http://www.goddiscussion.com/105797/...-organization/

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