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Scientologists facing fraud and extortion charges in Belgium

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Daily Mail UK

Belgian federal prosecutors are preparing to bring charges against the Church of Scientology as a ‘criminal organisation’,  it has today been reported.

It is believed the charges of fraud, illegal medicine, breaches of privacy and extortion have been drawn up against the Church and two senior executives.

De Tijd, Belgium’s financial newspaper, has reported ‘The subpoenas have only just been sent to the scientologists.’

It is believed the charges relate to employment contracts issued to recruit volunteers and members in breach of Belgium’s strict employment laws, the Telegraph reports.

Prosecutors are investigating claims of extortion, illegal use of ‘pseudo-medicine’ and the keeping of records that go against privacy laws.

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

A spokesman for the Church’s Brussels headquarters said: ‘Unfortunately we have not received anything from the prosecutor’s office yet. The media have been informed, we have not.’

It is not the first time the church has run into controversy for its techniques and beliefs, which include  the rejection of many medical practices and so called psychological ‘auditing’ of recruits.

In February, an appeals court upheld fraud charges and a £490,000 fine against the Church of Scientology in France for convincing recruits to pay large sums for fake personality tests and cures.

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  1. Unneutral

    January 1st, 2013

    I don’t have a lot of ‘give-a-damn’ for the Scientologists.

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  2. Ricky

    January 1st, 2013

    I think I heard L. Ron Hubbard laughing from his grave.

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  3. I'm Shocked ?!

    January 1st, 2013

    Church of Scientology a fraud?
    But……But……. But….
    Tom Cruise is a member.

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  4. Death_By_Farts

    January 1st, 2013

    *Point and laugh*

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  5. Benson II

    January 1st, 2013

    Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well.
    You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them. In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.

    So the same people who gave us liberalism progressive socialism and support Muslims over Christians are somehow to be believed if it’s about Scientology.

    Never start an organization that actually helps people because the attacks will never end. What we know is there will be no follow up on this story, there never is. It’s all about dramatic accusations which to many means guilty and that’s all that’s important.

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  6. Tim

    January 1st, 2013

    Soooooooo … Scientology practicing ObamaCare is illegal in Belgium?

    But musselman satan worshipping, goat schtupping, and rastafarian chicken choking are OK?

    Sounds like the Germans need to stomp the shit outta Belgium … again.

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  7. Logic Retardant

    January 1st, 2013

    Scientology is islam for queers

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