Australian Prosecutor Got the Point

The Telegraph reports that Australia’s creeps have pulled in another loss today. Well, actually… here is the report:

Charges dropped for Scientologist

PROSECUTORS this morning dropped charges of perverting the course of justice against one of the leading members of the Church of Scientology, Jan Eastgate. (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/charges-dropped-for-scientologist/story-e6freuy9-1226337017187)

BTW, Jan Eastgate is not a leading member of the Church of Scientology. Oh well. I am curious if any other media that broadly spread the (unfounded) accusations last year will print a correction now. 

– L

PS: Yes, I closed most of the comment threads. Too much trolling going on vs not enough time on my part to respond to all of it. You can send me email anytime though: ll(at)scientologymyths.info

Update 24 April 2012, in The Daily Telegraph

(http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/charges-dropped-for-scientologist-police-felt-they-were-being-used-in-church-case/story-e6freuzi-1226337017187)

POLICE who laid criminal charges against one of the world’s leading members of the Church of Scientology believed they were being used as part of a campaign by senator Nick Xenophon.

As prosecutors yesterday dropped the two charges of perverting the course of justice against Jan Eastgate, internal police documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws have revealed officers’ concerns.

The charges alleged that in 1985, Ms Eastgate intimidated an 11-year-old girl and her mother into not reporting sex abuse allegations within the church. The girl’s stepfather pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault in 2001.

When the victim went to Balmain Police Station in May 2010 to make a complaint against Ms Eastgate, she was accompanied by Mr Xenophon, the independent Senator from South Australia, and the media. Mr Xenophon had been pushing for an inquiry into Scientology beforehand.

 When the woman returned four days later to Balmain Police Station to make her statement, she was accompanied by Mr Xenophon’s then-political adviser Rohan Wenn.

The police recorded that ABC’s Lateline, which had interviewed the woman, was screening the following week .

“(Senator) Xenophon is pushing for a senate inquiry into the Church of Scientology,” said the police in their internal report. “Following this interview (with the woman), investigating police are of the view that this matter … will be used as a political tool to push towards a Senate inquiry being held.”

An Office of the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions spokeswoman said yesterday the charges were dropped “because there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction”.

Ms Eastgate, who left Sydney in 1993 and is now international president of the Scientology-linked Citizens Commission on Human Rights, based in Los Angeles, said she had always maintained her innocence. Mr Xenophon denied he had been using the police or the woman because parliament had already refused his call for an inquiry into Scientology.

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