Wednesday, September 05, 2007

"Criminal" Scientology Should Stand Trial For Fraud And Extortion

So Says Jean-Claude Van Espen, a Belgian investigating prosecutor. I do love little stories like this, they warm the cockles of my heart.
As you read through the article it becomes all too apparent just how serious the Belgian authorities are taking the menace of Scientology.

THE Church of Scientology has been branded a criminal organisation by a Belgian prosecutor, who has recommended it stands trial for fraud and extortion.

The Los Angeles-based movement, whose members include the films stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta, now faces charges following a ten-year inquiry.

Jean-Claude Van Espen, an investigating prosecutor, said up to 12 people, who have not been named, should be charged.

His investigation concluded that the church's Europe office, based in Brussels, and its Belgian missions, conducted unlawful practices in medicine, violated privacy laws and used illegal business contracts. more

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