Belgian Scientologists in 'no doubt' of beating fraud, extortion charges - 2015-10-23
The charges are similar to others over the years, such as in France where Scientology is considered a cult and was fined thousands of euros (dollars) for taking advantage of vulnerable followers.
In Belgium, it faces an outright ban if the case, which opens Monday in Brussels, ends with a conviction on charges of fraud, extortion, running a criminal organisation and violating the right to privacy.
The Belgian authorities launched a first investigation in 1997 after several former members complained about its practices.
A second followed in 2008 when an employment agency charged that the church had made bogus job offers so as to draw in and recruit new members.