The entrance of the building of the Churches of Scientology for Europe is pictured in Brussels, Belgium March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A Belgian court Friday rejected charges that the local branch of the Church of Scientology was a criminal organization, in a case which could have seen the controversial religion banned in Belgium.Eleven members of the celebrity-backed U.S.-based church and two affiliated bodies had been charged with fraud, extortion, the illegal practice of medicine, running a criminal enterprise and violating the right to privacy.Prosecutors had asked for the court to completely dissolve the Belgian branch of Scientology and the affiliated European Bureau for Human Rights, and for them to face a fine.The Belgian authorities launched a first investigation in 1997 after several former Scientology members complained about its practices.
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