Judicial authorities move against Church of Scientology

2nd May 2008, Comments 0 comments

The organisation stands accused of fraudulent practices when recruiting members, says authorities.

2 May 2008

BELGIUM - The Belgian judicial authorities have officially identified the Church of Scientology as a suspect organisation as part of the legal process in Belgium.

The organisation stands accused of fraudulent practices when it recruits members.

The Church of Scientology advertised several salaried jobs with a labour contract in the newspapers.

Interviewees were, however, offered contracts for volunteers. They were also asked to join the Church of Scientology.

Several weeks ago, Belgian judicial services raided Scientology offices in Ukkel in Brussels.

Documents were seized and the building was sealed.

In addition to this dossier, Belgian investigators are also examining whether the organisation is guilty of other criminal practices.

The Church of Scientology features on Belgium's official list of sects. It is suspected of trying to gain control of members' possessions and is not a recognised faith.

[flandersenews.be / Expatica]

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