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    Translation of a French article posted on January 9, 2014 on the website of the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir:
    L’Eglise de Scientologie comparait devant la chambre du conseil
    Church of Scientology case under review by the Brussels Council Chamber

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    On Thursday, the Brussels Council Chamber began hearing arguments concerning a possible criminal trial of the Scientology movement and a dozen of its members, now 17 years after the first judicial inquiry into this matter began. The federal prosecutor's office wants to prosecute Scientology as a criminal organization and to accuse the suspects of fraud, illegal practice of medicine, violation of privacy laws, and extortion.

    The first investigation into the Church of Scientology began in 1997 when several former members filed complaints. Ten years later, the prosecutor's office recommended that twelve persons and two companies, the Belgian branch of the Church of Scientology and the European Office of the Church of Scientology International, be tried in criminal court.

    Before this case reached the Council Chamber, a second investigation was launched after a complaint was filed by the Brussels Regional Employment Office (Actiris). The Church of Scientology was suspected of advertising counterfeit job offers. Persons who answered the ads were not awarded a job, but instead found themselves in a kind of volunteer status.

    A few months ago, the federal prosecutor's office decided to merge the two investigations. The Council Chamber must now choose which persons and entities would stand trial in criminal court.

    The Scientology movement was founded in 1954 by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, and it claims 12 million members in 8,000 churches and 165 countries.

    According to the federal prosecutor's office and attorneys, the Council Chamber's proceedings will span about four weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnql1 View Post
    Translation of a French article posted on January 9, 2014 on the website of the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir:
    L’Eglise de Scientologie comparait devant la chambre du conseil
    Corrected link: http://www.lesoir.be/398329/article/...bre-du-conseil

    Link in OP is missing the first "h" of "http".

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    From Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, Saturday, January 11, 2014:
    Our man in Europe reports on Belgium’s criminal prosecution of Scientology

    Our man in Paris, Jonny Jacobsen, has a report for us on how things are going in Belgium, where federal prosecutors will soon be making an important decision about Scientology in that country. Take it away, Jonny…

    A Belgian court has begun considering whether two criminal investigations against Scientology, one dating back as far as 1997, should go to trial — and if so, who should be in the dock.
    More in the article:
    http://tonyortega.org/2014/01/11/our...f-scientology/

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    Translation of a French article posted on February 13, 2014 on the website of Belgium's French public broadcaster RTBF:
    L'Eglise de Scientologie devant la justice belge
    Brussels Council Chamber hearings on Church of Scientology nearing conclusion

    by Philippe Carlot
    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    The Brussels Council Chamber is expected to conclude its hearings today into two cases involving the Church of Scientology of Belgium. A dozen of the cult's officials and members and two associations are facing the possibility of a trial in criminal court. Scientology is under suspicion as a criminal organization.

    The first case dates back to 1996. It prompted a wide investigation into the conduct of Scientology's activities in Belgium and could result in the conviction of the Church of Scientology of Belgium as a criminal organization. Charges include the illegal practice of medicine and pharmacy, fraud, extortion, and violations of the laws concerning trade practices and the protection of privacy. The accusations are aimed at a dozen individuals and two legal entities.

    The second case began in April 2008 after a complaint was filed by the Actiris, the Brussels Regional Employment Office. The Church of Scientology is suspected of advertising counterfeit job offers that were actually intended to recruit new followers.

    The investigation was long and difficult, but legal proceedings have proven to be no less fraught with pitfalls. The cult's lawyers have filed countless motions for postponement and further investigation and employed every conceivable and imaginable recourse. They are expected to invoke the statute of limitations, failure to deliver justice within a reasonable time, and problems related to the use of languages.

    If today's hearing does turn out to be the last, the Council Chamber will hand down its decision within a month.

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    Update: On March 13, 2014, the Brussels Council Chamber will hand down its decision regarding whether Scientology is to be prosecuted in criminal court in Belgium.

    Source: Scientologie en Chambre du conseil de Bruxelles: décision le 13 mars

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    Default Re: Belgium: Scientology Criminal Trial? - Decision due March 13, 2014

    Bumping this thread since the decision whether or not to criminally prosecute Co$/scientology is due in two days' time.


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    The Brussels Council Chamber has postponed until March 27, 2014 its decision on whether the Church of Scientology and a dozen of its members will be tried in criminal court in Belgium. The decision was originally expected on March 13.

    Source: Scientologie: la chambre du conseil de Bruxelles rendra sa décision le 27 mars
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    The Brussels Council Chamber has postponed until March 27, 2014 its decision on whether the Church of Scientology and a dozen of its members will be tried in criminal court in Belgium. The decision was originally expected on March 13.

    Source: Scientologie: la chambre du conseil de Bruxelles rendra sa décision le 27 mars
    Thanks for the update, mnql1!

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    Default Re: Belgium deciding if Scientology to face trial in criminal court - Decision Due

    Quote Originally Posted by mnql1 View Post
    The Brussels Council Chamber has postponed until March 27, 2014 its decision on whether the Church of Scientology and a dozen of its members will be tried in criminal court in Belgium. The decision was originally expected on March 13.

    Source: Scientologie: la chambre du conseil de Bruxelles rendra sa décision le 27 mars
    Bump... because the decision is expected tomorrow.

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    Default Re: Belgium deciding if Scientology to face trial in criminal court

    Belgium and France always, in the past, gave a rough time to the pseudo church!

    I expect the same to come!

    Thank you for the news!
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