Australian senator brands Scientology a 'criminal organisation' - 2009-11-18

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F30.png Australian senator brands Scientology a 'criminal organisation' November 18, 2009, Bonnie Malkin, The Telegraph

Mr Xenophon, an Independent senator from South Australia, used parliamentary privilege to detail a host of serious allegations against the church made by former members.

Among them were claims that the Church of Scientology engaged in extensive criminal activity, including assault; imprisonment; the covering up of sexual abuse; embezzlement of church funds and blackmail. It was also claimed that the church had exerted pressure on some members to undergo abortions.


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