Belgium court acquits scientology of organised crime charges - 2016-03-11

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F19.png Belgium court acquits scientology of organised crime charges March 11, 2016, Robert-Jan Bartunek, Reuters, Daily Mail

A Belgian court acquitted the Church of Scientology on Friday of charges of forming a criminal organisation, and dismissed demands that it should close its Belgian branch and European headquarters.

Prosecutors had accused the church's Belgian branch, its European headquarters and a number of church members of forming a criminal organisation over alleged fraud, unlawful medical practice, extortion and invasion of privacy.

They had called for it to be disbanded, along with prison terms for the members on trial.

However, presiding judge Yves Regimont dismissed all the charges against the church, which says it has been unfairly hounded for years by Belgian authorities.


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