Church of Scientology to be charged as ‘criminal organization’ in Belgium

Belgian federal prosecutors are preparing to bring charges, including fraud and extortion, against the Church of Scientology as a “criminal organisation”, according to press reports. Charges of fraud, illegal medicine, breaches of privacy and extortion have been drawn up against the Church and two senior executives, De Tijd, Belgium’s financial newspaper, has reported.

“The subpoenas have only just been sent to the scientologists,” the newspaper reported yesterday. The charges are said to relate to employment contracts issued to recruit volunteers and members in breach of Belgium’s strict employment laws.