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Belgium brings formal charges against Scientology!
« on: December 29, 2012, 08:52 »

For those who do not know, Belgium is the home of the cult's European headquarters. The charges include fraud, extortion, and the unlicensed practice of medicine, and were brought against 2 high-ranking members, and the cult itself as a criminal organization.

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Re: Belgium brings formal charges against Scientology!
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012, 09:44 »
Thank you wynot.  This is good news.

De Tijd, Belgium's financial newspaper, has reported that charges of fraud, illegal medicine, breaches of privacy and extortion have been drawn up against the Church and two senior executives.

"The subpoenas have only just been sent to the scientologists," the newspaper reported yesterday.

While Scientology is regarded as a religion in the United States, Italy and Spain, it is not recognised as a church in other European countries such as France, Germany, Belgium and Britain.

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Re: Belgium brings formal charges against Scientology!
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2012, 14:51 »
Jonny Jacobsen weighs-in!

Belgian Prosecutors make their move - Infinite Complacency (blog)

By Jonny Jacobsen

Federal prosecutors in Belgium have charged Scientology's Belgian operation and two leading executives with fraud and extortion among other offences. And it looks like they have learned from the Paris convictions.

It took a few years, but the wheels appear to be moving in Belgium.

Federal prosecutors have charged the Church of Scientology there with a range of offences, more than four years after police raided their Brussels offices. Two senior executives with the movement have also been charged.

This is the list of charges, according to Belgian media reports: 

    illegal practice of medicine
    forgery and use of false documents
    violation of privacy
    criminal organisation

The investigation sprang out of a complaint lodged in 2008 by Actiris, the Brussels regional employment office. A number of job seekers had complained that Scientology was using fake job offers to try to recruit people into the movement.

Belgian broadcaster RTBF on Friday ran an interview with Chaida Moussaoui, who had answered one such ad. It read: Non-profit seeks administrative assistant – training provided, no experience necessary....

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Re: Belgium brings formal charges against Scientology!
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2012, 16:04 »

Federal public prosecutors in Belgium will institute legal proceedings against the church of Scientology in that country and seek to recognize it as a criminal organization.

The church of Scientology -- which is not recognized as a faith in Belgium -- and several of its top-ranking members face charges including extortion, fraud, illegal practice of medicine and violation of privacy laws, according to Flanders News.

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. 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, according to De Standaard.

An estimated 500 people belong to the church of Scientology in Belgium. The organization's European headquarters are located in Brussels.

Belgium is not the only European country in which Scientology has faced criticism and legal action.

Scientology came under fire in France in 2009 when it was convicted of fraud for "[pressuring] members into paying large sums for questionable remedies," according to the Associated Press. That conviction was upheld in a French appeals court in February 2012.

Germany does not recognize Scientology as a faith, and a 1997 state-level interior ministry report described the organization's agenda and activities as "marked by objectives that are fundamentally and permanently directed at abolishing the free democratic basic order," Time reported in 2007.

However, also according to Time, many Germans find the question of what qualifies as a religion a personal one and skeptics fear that banning the church outright could backfire, making the organization appear a victim of persecution.

As Tablet Magazine notes, signatories of an open letter to then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl attempted that shift in dialogue in 1996, "likening the German government’s treatment of Scientologists to Nazi barbarism."

"In the 1930s, it was the Jews. Today it is the Scientologists," the letter stated

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Re: Belgium brings formal charges against Scientology!
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2013, 16:47 »
Persistence pays off. So glad this is happening.
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