December 29, 2012

Belgium To Prosecute Scientology Church As 'Criminal Organization'

Radar - 2012 has been a very bad year for Scientology with the latest blow being a decision by officials in Belgium to prosecute it as a "criminal organization."

After years of investigation by authorities, federal prosecutors will start legal proceedings against Scientology, which isn't recognized as a religion in Belgium.

Scientology and several of its members face charges of extortion, fraud, illegal practice of medicine, and violations of privacy legislation in the European country.

According to De Standaard, raids on Scientology offices in Belgium allegedly revealed evidence that the group had spied on and extorted money from converts.

Other European countries haven't been any more welcoming to the controversial church. Germany refuses to recognize Scientology as a faith, and in 2009, a French court convicted the church and six of its members of organized fraud.

1 comment:

Capt. America said...

The Church of Scientology sells access to its teachings which are otherwise secret. Any religion with secret teachings is no damn good, period, end of story. Every religion has at least one racket, but few actually are nothing but rackets. The European courts have it right.