Thursday, February 02, 2006

Scientologists Seek Legal Status in Bulgaria

I found this article in Google news today. It comes from the Sofia news agency:

31 January 2006, Tuesday.

The Church of Scientology has moved to seek legal recognition in Bulgaria, a representative of the religious organization has revealed.

Martin Weightman, human rights director of the Church's European office, has revealed that they had already talked to a member of the Bulgarian government.

Weightman told Sofia-based Darik radio that a "good dialogue" has been held, and that the Scientologists were willing to cooperate with the local authorities.

Bulgaria has once turned down a request to register the Church of Scientology, in 1991.

But Weightman said that registration appeal was not made by the Church, but apparently by unidentified supporters.

Now that the legislation has changed, the Church hopes to face no hurdle in the procedure.