Police raids Dutch sect
Dutch police yesterday raided homes of member of the Orde der Transformanten (Order of Transformers), a small cult of Christianity located in Hoeven, Netherlands.
Eighty police officers took part in the raid.
Two men have been arrested, according to a police spokeswoman.
The men are suspected of having been involved in a gun assault last August in which a Rotterdam business men was wounded. According to the victim, members of the Order turned against him when he objected to his then girlfriend joining the sect. According to a friend, members of the group threatened the man when they suspected him of involvement with a negative report on The Order in a television news background program. The group denies having any recent contact with the man.
Marla Baart, of the Order of Transformers, says the man has never been a member of the group. She also claims the man’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend ended before the group was formed. The victim and Robert Baart, Marla’s husband and leader of the group, do know each other since they worked at the same company many years ago.
The Order of Transformers is a commune of some 60 people. The sect considers itself to be a Christian group. However, critics have accused the group of cult-like behavior. Police would not say whether the men they arrested are members of the group.
Sep. 12, 2008