The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) is pleased to have won its legal case against the State of Belgium in respect of damaging and inaccurate allegations which were made in a 1997 parliamentary investigation.
As a result the following text is to be published in Le Soir and De Standaard:
“The Court of Appeal in Brussels has, on the basis of its judgement of 28 June 2005 ruled that the text of the report of the parliamentary committee of enquiry on policies in the fight against illegal activities by sects and their danger for society and individuals in particular minors with reference to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God was drawn up in a careless manner and that it is to be regarded as an error.”
Church leaders said: “We are grateful to the court, our lawyers and everyone who worked with us to ensure that justice was done, and is seen to be done, for their support over the seven years it has taken for this matter to be resolved.
“We are a Pentecostal Christian church dedicated to doing good as instructed by the New Testament. It was therefore very wrong on the part of the Belgian parliament and doubly sad for us to have been accused of serious criminal and immoral activity on the strength of unsubstantiated hearsay.
Our only objectives are to spread the Christian faith and provide spiritual and practical help for people in need. As it was, the church’s good name was dragged through the mire.
“It was a courageous step to take on a national government in order to protect the church’s good reputation. This has never been done before to the best of our knowledge. However it was essential to put the record straight for the benefit of needy and troubled people who may wish to seek solace and practical support at our churches in Belgium, Holland and across Europe in future.”
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