Friday, September 07, 2007

Scientology members charged in Belgium

Couldn't happen to a nicer group of people.

Charges against Scientology in Belgium

After a ten-year investigation, Belgian prosecutors have charged twelve members of the Church of Scientology. The accusations include fraud, extortion, illegal practice of medicine, and infringement of privacy law, among others. The decision opens the way for Scientology to be considered a criminal organization.

Scientology is not recognized as a religious organization in Belgium. Not that it would have made any difference in the charges against them, though I am sure Scientology will play the "religious prosecution" card.

I seriously hope that they will be classified as a criminal organization. That could lead the way for rewoking their status as a religious group in other European countries, such as Denmark.

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