German Scientology church drops court challenge; adds human rights declaration to bylaws

BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s branch of the Church of Scientology said Tuesday it had dropped a legal battle in Muenster to prevent the nation’s domestic intelligence services from monitoring its activities.
The organization said in a statement it “felt it was time to reflect on the whole purpose of this battle of legal material and reach a sensible solution.”
The North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Administrative Court in Muenster refused last month to hear an appeal to a February ruling allowing the intelligence agencies to continue observing the Scientologists.
German authorities suspect Scientology of maintaining “ambitions against the free, democratic basic order,” according to the February ruling.