[Posted separately to soc.culture.nigeria in response to further libellous conduct by the crime cult on that forum.]
For the past few months, Scientology has been posting to this and other fora a variety of libellous statements about investment banker Robert S. Minton, who is a human rights activist who criticizes this American crime cult, which has been convicted of numerous crimes as well as losing the biggest libel verdict in Canadian history, as well as losing other libel cases virtually everywhere else around the world for their habit of constant lying.
http://xenu.net for the general subject of this freakishly bizarre cult, http://www.bobminton.org for the general subject of Bob Minton http://alley.ethercat.com/davidlebeau.txt for an excellent expose of David Lebeau, the criminal hired by Scientology to libel Bob Minton, by George Noah of Nigeria Today. Noah was the original journalist to break the story of the so-called "Fashanu report," though he changed his tune after Fashanu and Lebeau's notorious failure to turn up at a public forum hosted by Dr. Mobolaji Aluko of the Nigerian Democratic Movement. http://www.holysmoke.org/minton/mintonjx.htm has the report on the NDM forum.
For over a year now Minton and anyone familiar with Scientology's opportunistic smear campaign have decried this series of increasingly vicious and libellous smears, and now Scientology has been sanctioned in a court of law for libel, making yet another addition to their long history of criminal and libellous conduct. To show that this is no isolated occurrence, here are two other instances in which this totalitarian and brutal cult has been sanctioned the largest libel award in Canadian history for lying about Crown prosecutor Casey Hill, who was prosecuting them for crimes. They were eventually convicted of breach of the public trust for burglarizing police offices and stealing from government offices.
Scientology loses biggest libel verdict in Canadian history http://wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de/~krasel/CoS/mgarde/hillmann.txt Scientology forced to apologize for libel http://www.shellac.freeserve.co.uk/reports/all.html Scientology criminally convicted in Canada http://www.lermanet.com/reference/scientologyincanada.htm
Here is the verdict of the German court which has denounced this perverse and bizarre smear campaign by Scientology, which they are apparently continuing despite already having been found guilty in a German court over similar libels, and while they await the pending outcome of a similar libel trial in France for the same lies.
From: Bob Minton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Scientology Slammed by Berlin Court
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 11:27:46 -0500
Organization: Lisa McPherson Trust, 33 N. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, FL
33755 Tel: (727) 467-9335
Here is a rough translation by my German Attorney, Johannes Eisenberg of the Berlin Court's decision. I would like to sincerely thank Rev. Thomas Gandow and Tilman Hausherr for their help, support and encouragement in prosecuting this case against Scientology. Without them the result would have not been possible :-)
Regional Court of Berlin
Tegeler Weg 17-21
Public Hearing of the Regional Court of Berlin
File-Number: 27.0.764/00 at 27. March 2001
Under presence of
Head of Panel, presiding Justice Mauck
Justices Gollan and Becker
In the Complaint of
Minton against Weber, Church of Scientology Deutschland e.V., and others,
At the end of the hearing it was decided and pronounced:
1. The defendants are obliged, on penalty of a fine of up to 500,000 DM in the case of violation, alternatively detention, or detention of up to 6 months, to be enforced against the defendant under 2. and 3. on one of the members of the Board of Directors, to refrain from propagating, literally or analogously,
1. "Freiheit", issue with headline "Menschenrechtspreis" für Dritte-Welt-Ausbeuter (Human Rights Award for Third-World Exploiter), p. 2, top of first column: "According to a criminal complaint against 'Robert Minton and accessories' for fraud, money laundering and forgery of documents, filed by the Republic of Nigeria on June 23rd, 2000 with the Attorney General in Geneva, between 1987 and 1993, Minton, following a secret fraudulent plan 'diverted several billion US$ to the damage of the Republic of Nigeria... Robert Minton deposited the diverted money in several business and private numbered bank accounts'. After the Nigerian government asked a Geneva bank concerned to freeze Minton's bank accounts and give information concerning accusations of money laundering 'Robert Minton met on May 20th, 2000 with the directors of that bank', the criminal complaint continues. 'To our knowledge he demanded the immediate transfer of his money and the destruction of documents.'" Green box page 2, right column: "Wrocklage ... semi-accomplices of a man, who is charged with half the penal code".
2. Flyer: "Gnadenlose Geldgier" (Merciless Greed for Money) Column 2: "According to the certified public accountants of the globally operating firm Arthur Andersen billions of Nigerian oil dollars were basically stolen during the mentioned period of time. All in all it is said to be a matter of at least 12 billion US$. The ex-military dictators moved them to foreign bank accounts by means of banks and cover companies. The unscrupulous wheeler-dealer Minton was involved in these money rackets, after he and his accessories got hold of illegal inside knowledge to maximize their profits ... Presently there are a great number of examinations and hearings dealing with this gigantic fraud scandal which was carried out using 200 different bank accounts. Only recently, a further 'vanished' 1.31 billion DM were discovered and frozen by the Attorney General in Luxembourg."
3. Freiheit issue "Scientology in Schweden endgültig als Religion anerkannt" (Scientology Finally Recognized as a Religion in Sweden) Page 2, column 3: "It comes as no surprise that even proven buddies of dictatorial killer regimes are welcome guests at the Office for the Protection of the Constitution - that they are 'against Scientology' seems to be all that matters. Caberta and the Hamburg Department of the Interior, the latter being responsible for the fight against crime, recently honored the American Robert Minton with a press conference, shortly after his close ties to an international money laundering racket of gigantic proportions became public. As African and English newspapers are presently reporting, the former Nigerian military dictatorship channeled several billion (!) US$ to foreign bank accounts with the support of Minton and his accessories. This was part of a fraudulent deal that only superficially had to do with repaying foreign debts."
4. Freiheit issue "Also doch: Caberta nahm größere Geldsumme!" (It´s true after all: Caberta Took Larger Sum of Money) Page 2, fifth column: "... According to a criminal charge filed by the Nigerian Republic with the attorney general of Geneva he was accused of defrauding the country of serveral hundred million US$ during his business transactions with the former Nigerian military dictatorship. The complaint also accuses Minton of forgery of documents and money laundering."
2. The Defendants have to pay the costs.
3. The sentence is provisionally executable under Payment of security …..
Amount in controversy: DM 100,000- .
FYI, Sabine Weber, one of the defendants, is the head of OSA in Germany.