A purported “cult” leader’s previous criminal conviction was overturned yesterday by Taiwan’s High Court, on the grounds that his conduct warranted the “constitutional protection for religion,” reports The Taipai Times.

The so-called “mystic” Sung was convicted for bilking his followers through a scheme largely based upon supernatural claims supported by doctored photographs.

However, a court later decided, “There is no evidence to prove that Sung cheated his followers and forced them to donate.” And that the man’s crimes were actually protected as a “religious activity.”

It appears that if a con artist employs a religious ruse to perpetrate a fraud in Taiwan, that activity may be considered a legally protected act and therefore enjoy immunity from prosecution.

Get ready for more “cults” to set up shop in Taiwan.

The court has certainly cleared the way for a comfortable and promising business environment, within which they can thrive.


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