Scientology criminal enterprise case thrown out by Belgian judge - 2016-03-11

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F345.png Scientology criminal enterprise case thrown out by Belgian judge March 11, 2016, AFP, The Guardian

A court in Brussels has thrown out charges that could have seen Church of Scientology banned as a "criminal enterprise" in Belgium, after a judge said the defendants were targeted because of their religion.

Eleven members of the celebrity-backed, US-based church and two affiliated bodies had been charged with fraud, extortion, the illegal practice of medicine, running a criminal enterprise and violating the right to privacy.

"The entire proceedings are declared inadmissible for a serious and irremediable breach of the right to a fair trial," the presiding judge, Yves Regimont, said on Friday.


{{cite news | title = Scientology criminal enterprise case thrown out by Belgian judge | url = http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/11/scientology-criminal-enterprise-case-thrown-out-belgian-judge | work = AFP | publisher = The Guardian | date = March 11, 2016 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}