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Dec 10, 2007 Germany Acts to Legally Ban Scientology — Christian Post
The homeland of legendary church reformer Martin Luther said over the weekend it will seek to ban the Church of Scientology – an organization considered to be in conflict with Germany’s constitution.
High level German officials, including all 16 state interior ministers, agreed to give the nation’s domestic intelligence agency the job of preparing necessary information to ban the organization, which is considered by most Christians a cult, according to The Associated Press.
The ministers, including federal Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, ...
Nov 28, 2007 Carlynn Clay v. Social Betterment Development Company, dba New Life Center San Francisco et al.: Wrongful death
Oct 28, 2007 Church was Sun-burned // Bonokoski feature story brought lawsuits -- and clandestine activities — Canoe
I'm going to take you back to my early days as a lawyer. It was the mid-to-late 1970s. I was working at Eddie Goodman's firm, Goodmans. David Stockwood (for my money one of the top civil litigators in Toronto for the past 30-plus years) ran the litigation department. For some reason he trusted me to handle the litigation for an upstart, feisty little paper that was still growing, the Toronto Sun. It had hungry journalists and none was hungrier – and ...
Sep 14, 2007 Attorney General Abbott Charges Foreclosure Rescue Firm With Operating Unlawful Scam / Court freezes assets of Foreclosure Assistance Solutions — Texas Attorney General
Texas Attorney General
Attorney General Abbott Charges Foreclosure Rescue Firm With Operating Unlawful Scam
Court freezes assets of Foreclosure Assistance Solutions
HOUSTON – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged a business with operating an unlawful foreclosure rescue scam that targeted struggling Texas homeowners. As a result, the 408th District Court issued a temporary restraining order and froze assets belonging to three businessmen who organized the scheme. According to court documents, the defendants fraudulently advertised that they could save homeowners from imminent foreclosures.
Sep 6, 2007 Charges against Scientology in Belgium — Radio Netherlands
Sep 5, 2007 Belgium: Scientology Faces Criminal Charges — New York Times
New York Times
A Belgian prosecutor recommended that the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology stand trial on charges of fraud and extortion, after a 10-year investigation. The prosecutor, Jean-Claude Van Espen, said that up to 12 people from the church should face charges and that his inquiry had concluded that Scientology’s Brussels-based Europe office and its Belgian missions had conducted unlawful practices in medicine, violated privacy laws and used illegal business contracts. The Church of Scientology said it would fight the charges.
Sep 5, 2007 Scientologists charged in Belgium — The Age (Australia)
Sep 4, 2007 Belgium Clamps Down on Scientology Church — Brussels Journal
The Belgian authorities have indicted the Belgian chapter of the Church of Scientology, the European headquarters of the Church, as well as 12 of its leading members. According to the office of Public Prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen Scientology is a criminal organization which has committed several crimes including extortion, fraud, violations of the trade law, violations of the privacy law and the illegal practice of medicine. On 30 September 1999, 120 Belgian police officers raided 25 Scientology offices and seized tons ...
Sep 4, 2007 Scientology church before the courts? — Flanders.news
The chance is real that several leading figures in the Church of Scientology in Belgium could be issued with court summonses. The Federal Judicial Authorities plan to prosecute the church for being a criminal organisation that has defrauded its members.
The judicial authorities opened their investigation into the Scientology movement in Belgium back in 1997, after having received tip-offs from ex-members of the church.
All aspects of the Scientology Church's practises were gone through with a fine tooth comb.
Now the ...
Sep 4, 2007 Scientology faces criminal charges — Associated Press
A Belgian prosecutor on Tuesday recommended that the U.S.-based Church of Scientology stand trial for fraud and extortion, following a 10-year investigation that concluded the group should be labeled a criminal organization. Scientology said it would fight the criminal charges recommended by investigating prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen, who said that up to 12 unidentified people should face charges. Van Espen's probe also concluded that Scientology's Brussels-based Europe office and its Belgian missions conducted unlawful practices in medicine, violated privacy laws and ...
Jul 12, 2007 Russian court shuts down Scientology center in St. Petersburg: prosecutors — International Herald Tribune
International Herald Tribune
Moscow: A Russian court has ordered a center operated by the Scientology movement in St. Petersburg to be shut down, city prosecutors said Thursday, after accusing the organization of unlicensed teaching and other activities. The St. Petersburg City Court ordered the Scientology center closed after it agreed with prosecutors who said the center's operations were violating its charter. "The center was engaging in 'auditing' and 'purification' activities," prosecutors said in a statement. "Such practices were advertised by the organization as healthcare ...
Jul 7, 2007 Battle with Scientology sparks Schwarzenegger pardon request — San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
SACRAMENTO — A former Silicon Valley computer consultant whose decade-long fight with the Church of Scientology led to his ruin is asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to free him from a Riverside County jail. Keith Henson's crusade against the church brought him a misdemeanor conviction for interfering with the rights of others to practice their religion. The 64-year-old Californian is now two months into a six-month jail sentence for the crime. It is the latest development in a war that forced Henson ...
May 24, 2007 Jury likely to decide fate of woman accused of stabbing dog // Dog was euthanized after being struck with knife 27 times — Austin American Statesman
Austin American Statesman
Should someone go to prison for stabbing a dog 27 times? That's been the topic of discussion within the Travis County district attorney's office in the case of Joanne Lee Hinojosa, 33, accused of seriously injuring her estranged husband's dog during an argument between the couple last year. The dog, a 20-pound mixed-breed named Marti, was later euthanized because of her serious internal injuries, a police affidavit said. Hinojosa's lawyer, Rip Collins, says she was suffering mental stress from the breakup ...
May 15, 2007 Scientologists may take legal action in Panorama row — The Guardian (UK)
The Guardian (UK)
The Church of Scientology last night launched a fresh attempt to discredit the Panorama reporter John Sweeney, following the broadcast of a prime time BBC1 programme investigating its controversial beliefs and recruiting methods.
As Panorama editor Sandy Smith took to the airwaves to defend Sweeney's investigation following the furore around his furious YouTube outburst captured by Scientology cameras, the war of words and online propaganda intensified.
Mike Rinder, a director at Church of Scientology International, said it was considering legal action ...
Apr 6, 2007 Proceedings against Scientologists-run clinic instituted in Moscow — Interfax
Moscow, April 6, Interfax – Moscow’s South District office of public procurator instituted legal proceedings against the headship of the Narconon-Standard narcological clinic that bases its methods on Scientology, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reports on Friday.
According to the daily, this ideology is disallowed to be practiced in Russian medical institutions. However parents are often ready to use any chance to save their children from drug addiction.
The law enforcers started paying attention on the clinic after many complaints about too ...
Apr 5, 2007 European Court of Human Rights finds in favour of Scientology and against Russia in key registration case — CESNUR
(Application no. 18147/02) JUDGMENT STRASBOURG 5 April 2007 This judgment will become final in the circumstances set out in Article 44 § 2 of the Convention. It may be subject to editorial revision.
In the case of Church of Scientology Moscow v. Russia, The European Court of Human Rights (First Section), sitting as a Chamber composed of: Mr C.L. Rozakis, President, Mr L. Loucaides, Mrs N. Vaji?, Mr A. Kovler, Mrs E. Steiner, Mr K. Hajiyev, Mr D. Spielmann, judges, and ...
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