Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Daily Mail: Teenager, 15, facing prosecution for holding a sign labelling Scientology 'a cult'

A 15-year-old facing prosecution for holding up a placard which branded Scientology a "cult" has appealed for help to fight possible charges.

The unnamed teenager was served the summons by City of London police after taking part in a peaceful demonstration opposite the Church's London headquarters, on May 10.

Demonstrators from the anti-Scientology group, Anonymous were outside the church's £23m headquarters near St Paul's cathedral when the boy was "strongly advised" by police to get rid of the sign which said: "Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult".

A 15-year-old boy is facing prosecution for holding a sign branding The Church of Scientology, a 'cult'

A policewoman later read him section five of the Public Order Act and "strongly advised" him to remove the sign.

The section prohibits signs which have representations or words which are threatening, abusive or insulting.

But the teenager refused, and a file is now being passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for possible legal action. Read more
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