Australia: Police investigate Scientology

NSW police are investigating allegations of abuse and bullying in the Church of Scientology made in a series of letters from former members tabled in Federal Parliament by independent senator Nick Xenophon.

Australia’s Today show reports on Independent Senator Nick Xenophon’s speech

The most senior executive to defect from the church, US-based Marty Rathbun, has said the allegations, including coercion to have abortions and donate money, were unwritten church policy, dictated from its head office, according to a speech by Greens MP John Kaye in the NSW upper house.

”My office is currently fully co-operating with a NSW police investigation into the organisation,” Senator Xenophon said yesterday.

He said a senior staff member had met officers from the NSW serious crimes squad two weeks ago, and that his office was gathering a dossier of hundreds more allegations, received since his speech last month, to provide to the police this week.

– Source / Full Story: Police investigate Scientology, Nick O’Malley, The Age, Dec. 2, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

See Also

Australia: Scientology snubs coroner over suicide soldier ‘audit file’
More Church of Scientology defectors come forward with accounts of abuse
Scientology attacks free speech in Australia
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