Scientology on trial in Belgium
From October 26 to November 27, a criminal court in Brussels will try 12 people and two Scientology organisations in Belgium on fraud-related charges. The case is a fusion of two investigations of the movement, elements of which date back to 1997. If Scientology is found guilty, it would be the first time the organisation has been convicted in Belgium.
As a journalist I have been researching and reporting on the movement for more than 20 years. I reported extensively on the French court battle that ended after more than four years in October 2013 when the country’s highest court confirmed the 2009 convictions of two Scientology organisations there for organised fraud. You can find a detailed breakdown of that coverage at my blog, Infinite Complacency.
(Photo of Brussels court interior courtesy of Jean Housen, Creative Commons licence)