Police facing action over teenage protester’s arrest

A human rights group has pledged to take action against a police force which tried to prosecute a teenager for branding Scientology a “cult“.

The 16-year-old faced prosecution after refusing to get rid of a placard which said “Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult” at a protest outside the church’s headquarters in London on 10 May.

He was told that his sign breached the Public Order Act, which makes it an offence to display a sign that is “threatening, insulting or abusive”, but yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service said no action would be taken against the teenager.

The human rights group Liberty, whose lawyers have been advising the boy, is now considering action against the City of London Police.

We appreciate your support


Our website includes affiliate links, which means we get a small commission — at no additional cost to you — for each qualifying purpose. For instance, as an Amazon Associate Religion News Blog earns from qualifying purchases. That is one reason why we can provide this service free of charge.


(Listed if other than Religion News Blog)
Scotsman.com, Scotland, UK
May 24, 2008

More About This Subject

This post was last updated: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM, Central European Time (CET)