Colombian senator asks defense minister to investigate Scientology over medal scandal - 2018-08-10
Our correspondent in Colombia's capital of Bogotá, who helped us cover the Scientology Ideal Org opening there in 2015, has been keeping an eye on the brewing scandal in that country over Scientology's relationship with various members of the Colombian national police force.
He tells us that things have really begun to break loose, and at a time when the country is in some flux. Colombia held national elections in May, a runoff in June, and the country's new president, Iván Duque, took office just three days ago, on August 7. Because of that, there's a lot of turnover happening in the government and military, just as the Scientology scandal has hit the Colombian media.
And now, an upstart federal senator, Iván Cepeda, has put the new government on the spot about Scientology's inroads into the national police. Cepeda is a member of Polo Democrático Alternativo (PDA), a democratic socialist party, and his petition was also supported by the centrist Green Alliance party. Cepeda's petition formally asked that the country's defense minister conduct an investigation of Scientology's influence on the national police force.