Image Source: Flanders


BY JASMINE  BAILEY

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER 


Belgium is seeking to convict the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization. The group and several of its members face charges in connection with extortion, fraud, illegal practice of medicine and violations of privacy legislation. Here’s KTLA with more.


“The complaint stems from an investigation of fraudulent labor contracts issued by the church of Scientology in an effort to recruit new volunteers and members.”


The Daily Mail also reports that raids on Scientology offices in Belgium allegedly revealed evidence that the group had spied on and extorted money from converts. Prosecutors are also investigating claims of extortion, illegal use of 'pseudo-medicine' and the keeping of records that go against privacy laws.


Belgian newspaper De Standaard reports the subpoenas have only just been sent to the scientologists but It is believed the church has been under investigation in Belgium for 15 years. The Huffington Post reports...


A judge ordered raids on Scientology offices in 2008 that allegedly uncovered a "wealth of evidence" that the organization had spied on and extorted money from its members.


RT says “the church described the case as a ‘witch hunt’, with vocal supporters in the US condemning the move.”


But this isn’t the first time the Church of Scientology has been met with legal resistance. According to The New York Times, in 2009 France convicted the church.


“The church was found guilty of fraud and fined nearly $900,000... by a Paris court. But the judges did not ban the church entirely, as the prosecution had demanded, saying that a change in the law prevented such an action for fraud."


In Belgium, Scientology is not recognized as a religion. That’s also the case in France, Germany and Britain.






 

 

 

Belgium Brings Charges Against Church of Scientology

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Dec 31, 2012

Belgium Brings Charges Against Church of Scientology

 

Image Source: Flanders


BY JASMINE  BAILEY

ANCHOR NEVILLE MILLER 


Belgium is seeking to convict the Church of Scientology as a criminal organization. The group and several of its members face charges in connection with extortion, fraud, illegal practice of medicine and violations of privacy legislation. Here’s KTLA with more.


“The complaint stems from an investigation of fraudulent labor contracts issued by the church of Scientology in an effort to recruit new volunteers and members.”


The Daily Mail also reports that raids on Scientology offices in Belgium allegedly revealed evidence that the group had spied on and extorted money from converts. Prosecutors are also investigating claims of extortion, illegal use of 'pseudo-medicine' and the keeping of records that go against privacy laws.


Belgian newspaper De Standaard reports the subpoenas have only just been sent to the scientologists but It is believed the church has been under investigation in Belgium for 15 years. The Huffington Post reports...


A judge ordered raids on Scientology offices in 2008 that allegedly uncovered a "wealth of evidence" that the organization had spied on and extorted money from its members.


RT says “the church described the case as a ‘witch hunt’, with vocal supporters in the US condemning the move.”


But this isn’t the first time the Church of Scientology has been met with legal resistance. According to The New York Times, in 2009 France convicted the church.


“The church was found guilty of fraud and fined nearly $900,000... by a Paris court. But the judges did not ban the church entirely, as the prosecution had demanded, saying that a change in the law prevented such an action for fraud."


In Belgium, Scientology is not recognized as a religion. That’s also the case in France, Germany and Britain.






 

 

 

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