Brussels: The Church of Scientology and Scientologists all welcome the decision of the 69th chamber of the Brussels Criminal Court, which recognizes the fundamental rights of the Church and its members, rejecting the unfounded accusations that were made against the Belgian Church and its officers. This decision puts an end to 18 years of religious discrimination and is a great relief for Scientologists who were unjustly prosecuted. Justice and the rule of law have prevailed and Belgium.
The criminal court concluded, as the Supreme Courts of Italy, the United Kingdom and Australia, and as the courts and other administrative institutions in many countries, that Scientology should not be treated differently from other religions, in accordance with Belgian and international law, and that lawsuits based on the beliefs of Scientologists, they were challenged, must be declared inadmissible.
“This is a righteous judgment, a relief for unjustly prosecuted Scientologists for almost 20 years. The court recognized that the bias of investigators and prejudices they have shown throughout the investigation to a religion they did not understand, were the source of an irreparable violation of the rights of Scientologists concerned and the Church of Scientology Belgium. He also acknowledged that no evidence was provided to support the claims of the parquet as to the commission of offenses. Suffice to say that this was an unfair hard to Scientologists, based on their beliefs, not facts, which is of course unacceptable in a constitutional state such as Belgium, “said the word door of the Church, Eric Roux.
The Church of Scientology was founded in 1954. It has millions of active members in over 180 countries. It is established in Belgium in 1974 and now promotes multiple campaigns for progress and social well-being, especially projects for the prevention of drug addiction, for the promotion of moral values from the individual and family, the fight against psychiatric abuse, awareness of human rights and the development of literacy.