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Belgium: Church of Scientology fraud and extortion trial begins in Brussels

Discussion in 'France and Belgium' started by mnql1, May 21, 2015.

  1. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    That is indeed devastating.

    From the above link:

  2. lotus

    lotus stubborn rebel sheep!

    Very disapointing:unsure:

    I wonder what the truth is behind the ''justice'' curtain :no:
  3. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Tony Ortega's story:

    Belgian judge throws entire case against Scientology out of court on technicality
  4. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Some comments:
  5. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    If the judge meant his criticism to be taken seriously, he should have fined them. It was a slap on the wrist in the long run. Really, strong words won't make the C of S change their behavior. Only the threat of losing their money stream.

    The judge may have been outraged by the prosecution's case and it's presentation, however I think letting the C of S off the hook was equally egregious.

  6. lotus

    lotus stubborn rebel sheep!

    ref: Le soir

    No more plaintiffs ,n o more of their complaint for the trial; the original complainants withdrew their complaint when they were paid :confused2:

    CO$ justice business as usual:confused2:
  7. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

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  8. Chloe

    Chloe Patron

    I just did a quick search, so there might be another topic/post about this. Last friday the verdict of this trial has been made public. The Brussels criminal court in Brussels has ruled that the Scientology Church is not a criminal organisation.There was not enough evidence and some facts were barred.
    (Sources: Newspapers 'De Morgen' and 'Standaard')
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016
  9. secretiveoldfag

    secretiveoldfag Silver Meritorious Patron

    I read Tony Ortega's article (by Jonny Jakobsen) at great speed, and it seemed to me that the question of legal or illegal was not considered.

    the judge rejected the case on the grounds of legal inadequacies in the content of the prosecution's case, the way it was presented, and the time lapse. Criminal activity was not considered at all, as far as I could see.

    Also, much also was rejected because of Brussel's alleged status as a subsidiary of the Danish organisation though this appears to have relied on the cult's statement.

    He also perceived that the individuals tried were tried because they were Scientologists. Of course the individuals involved were tried because they were Scientologists. This is 100 per cent of the content of the case.

    Win or lose, the situation is not much different, IMO. The country has been thoroughly alerted to the criminal nature of Scientology; its reputation at the heart of the EU is equally compromised, and a fine of 200,000 euros is peanuts.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016
  10. secretiveoldfag

    secretiveoldfag Silver Meritorious Patron

    Just to add that the CoS did not win anything. The case was dismissed on legal grounds and the complaints against the cult were not heard. Whether or not there is still an appeal procedure to go through I don't know but if there is then the prosecutor will almost certainly challenge the judge's decisions. Evidently there is considerable divergence of opinion about this case and its legal status, long before any other evidence is heard.

    All we have so far is the opinion of one judge about the status of the case brought by the state prosecutor.