Belgium -Church of Scientology to be prosecuted?

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  1. Bird

    Bird Patron

    Church of Scientology to be prosecuted? - 11/05/2009

    A Belgian court will decide on Tuesday whether the Church of Scientology will be prosecuted. Two years ago Belgian public prosecutors stated that the Church is a criminal organisation.
    The prosecution, if it happens, will be a world first.

    In September 2007 detectives completed an investigation into the Church of Scientology. The activities of the organisation during the past twelve years came under scrutiny.
    Their verdict was not a flattering one.

    The public prosecutor's office claimed that the organisation was involved in fraud, blackmail of members and illegal medical practises.

    Earlier the Belgian Parliament put the Church of Scientology on its list of sects. Abroad the church has been recognised as a religion.

    The Church of Scientology is eager to defend its position. In the past it took the Belgian state to court on several occasions.

    If the matter comes to court now, a procedural battle is on the cards.

    Lafayette Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology in 1954. Under its teachings each individual is an immortal soul.

    The organisation claims thousands of members in Belgium, though there is little evidence of this.

    It is particularly popular in the US.

    The actors John Travola and Tom Cruise are among its more famous followers.
  2. Mystic

    Mystic Banned

    Cool. Here we are in Tuesday. Please update on what happens in Belgium.
  3. Bird

    Bird Patron

    Belgium: Decision on whether to prosecute Scientology postponed

    Belgium: Decision on whether to prosecute Scientology postponed

    religionnewsblog - May 12, 2009

    10-year investigation concluded the group should be labeled a criminal organization

    Two years ago a Belgian prosecutor recommended that the U.S.-based Church of Scientology stand trial for fraud and extortion, following a 10-year investigation that concluded the group should be labeled a criminal organization.

    The prosecutor stated that Scientology's Brussels-based Europe office and its Belgian missions conducted unlawful practices in medicine, violated privacy laws and used illegal business contracts. The twelve people formally charged were also accussed of fraud, extortion, and forming a criminal organization.

    At the time, Scientology responded by saying it would investigate prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen.

    A Belgian court was to decide today whether the Church of Scientology will be prosecuted. However, the debate was postponed indefinitely when lawyers for accused filed nine requests for additional research.

    A judge will evaluate each request to decide whether they are necessary. If he rejects the requests, Scientology’s lawyers can file an appeal.
  4. hartley

    hartley Patron with Honors

    Some of the defendants sent in procedural appeals at the last moment, delaying the announcement. The cult (no surprise here) is delaying and delaying, pouring in parishioners money in the hope that... goodness knows. The Belgian government will go bankrupt? As is often the case, the cult cannot see that people do not give up if their reputation is at stake. The Belgians won't stop now no matter what.

    Or, most likely, no one dares tell DM that delaying won't work and DM hasn't a clue what to do.

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