Charlotte Walsh University of Leicester Drug Policy Legalization Problems — her santo daime church involved in mocking court witness as mentally sick and deranged, disgusting abuse, death threats, legalization problems
Charlotte Walsh of the Santo Daime Netherlands Church brands herself as a member of the ADF steering committee. The Ayahuasca Defense Fund is a fund that has the objective of helping people out of criminal trouble when the authorities make arrests for the importation of Ayahuasca, or in some cases Santo Daime.
Her own Church in the Netherlands ran into some serious legalization troubles.
It was in part due to a group of people from her Netherlands Church that believed threatening police witnesses with murder, or mocking them as sick and evil, or threatening to finish them off, or to malign them is of an evil mind, was wise. The position of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund was that the one threatened with murder was undermining the sanctity of the Ayahuasca movement in Portugal. However, it had none to start with.
Brothers and sisters of the Santo Daime Church that Charlotte Walsh was a member of decided to migrate to Portugal and then to deal in substances, including LSD and marijuana. The troubles began when the police raided the home of four people from the Netherlands running Ayahuasca ceremonies in Portugal.
Personal use of marijuana is tolerated in Portugal, but Santo Daime Church members opening Ayahuasca centres and growing many kilos of it, whilst dealing in LSD and other substances, and then making fun of the witness to Criminal Court, is not.
But the history of the Santo Daime Church is riddled with stories of victim-hood and persecution, playing the poor me when caught with substances, on one hand, trafficking in substances and flouting the law with apparent contempt, and on the other hand 'crying' about how badly they are being dealt with by the authorities on the other,
In what will probably go down as the biggest disaster in the Santo Daime Church since the inception of the movement in Brazil, the Santo Daime in Portugal, assisted by Santo Daime people in the Netherlands decided to blame the Spiritual Guru for the police raid and proceeded to make threats to murder, with others lending support.
The support for threats of violence against the Spiritual Guru was extensive and involved numerous retreat centres as well as importers of the Santo Daime Church. Representatives of the Santo Daime Church claimed he was a rapist, an arsonist, a child abuser, a pedophile evil, sick, twisted and the like.
Others in the Church decided to say that the (censor) was a (censor) and a (censor), and was a homosexual (censor) and a (censor) and would be killed, finished off, (censor) and (censored). The one threatened with murder offered peace terms, as well as suggestions to spare their practice from prohibition, but was sneered at, (censored) at, called a (censor), a (censor) and a (censor)-bag as well as a (censor), a (censor) and a (censor) and told that he would be murdered, crippled or (censored) or labelled as a (censor) of (censor).
The Santo Daime Church were worried about the one falsely blamed as an informant mentioning Santo Daime, because he was a Church member.
He made statements only after being threatened with murder by representatives of The Santo Daime Church on police bail for trafficking crimes, and threats to murder.
He was not interested anyway about the affairs of the Santo Daime, and only got involved when he was falsely accussed of being a police snitch or an informant. But he was not a snitch, the person got raided with the cannabis farm because he was afraid of being caught and complained about remote controlled police drones.
The police took the cannabis away and posted on their website about the police raid. Representatives of the Santo Daime Church tried to lie and malign the one threatened with murder as a sick and evil liar, threatening to smear him online if he talked to Court as a witness.
He was threatened with serious injury, violence and murder.
The Tribunal made an Injunction against those responsible for the witness harassment, process number of the Criminal Tribunal is 1544.18.3T9 GMR Tribunal Oliveira do Hospital, Portugal.
The police also got involved and filed complaints with the Prosecution and the Tribunal for witness harassment conducted by members of the Santo Daime Church headed by Adrian Freedman.
Adrian Freedman was served with Particulars of Claim for criminal harassment, a cease and desist order prohibiting further incitement of violence or mockery, as well as prohibiting circulation of private data and was told never to return to Portugal.
He thought that finding people to mock a witness as a peodophile was funny, but life taught him a lesson, by way of the State banning his Santo Daime and renewing their efforts to outlaw the activities of The Santo Daime Church.
The history of the Santo Daime is riddled with stories of victim-hood and persecution, playing the poor me when caught with substances, on one hand, trafficking in substances and flouting the law with apparent contempt, and on the other hand 'crying' about how badly they are being dealt with by the authorities.
The ADF showed no interest in correcting statements that implied a police witness was undermining the sanctity of the Ayahuasca movement in Portugal, which encouraged people to post disgusting abuse.
As a result the one threatened with murder and violence explained the problems to the Public Prosecutors in the Netherlands.
The Criminal Court of Appeal in early 2018 in a landmark ruling after 21 years of tolerance, ruled AGAINST the Santo Daime after the Church pre-emptively started a war with the Netherlands State in 2016, which they lost also.
The main decision from the Amsterdam Court of Appeal is that the import, possession, and use of Ayahuasca leads to an unacceptable danger to public health.
This means that, from [protected], Santo Daime works in the Netherlands are illegal and that their practice was CRIMINALIZED.
For the record
Charlotte Walsh was told:-
In my opinion, the matter of (redacted( being threatened with murder and violence, and being branded an evil, sick and twisted pedophile and the like in response to speaking to the police to ensure the safety of me and my family,
spells doom for the freedom of your practice.
As the ADF states, ethical responsibility is a must, when it is not there, rouble follows. As you also know, your Church has a history of operating without permission, doing works when you are told no, flouting ethical guidelines, and then playing the victim card when your people are caught trafficking in LSD
and other substances.
In my opinion, the criminalization of your practice is a teacher to heal the victim story and to heal the hubris that leads the Church to believe disgusting abuse and death threats toward me will save your practice.
By all means be an advocate for the legalization of the Santo Daime, but be sure that within your Church and within the ADF that such advocacy does not cross lines.
But I can tell you, a Church that believes it can threaten a witness to the Courts or to the police to be quiet or to withdraw testimony, under threat of murder, violence or being maligned as sick and evil, will not experience a good
outcome, that would be because of unresolved ethical problems.
Should I experience further incidents of being threatened with murder, violence or death, or any incidents of disgusting mockery - whether incited by the ADF or any other factions of your Church, of course there will be very
serious civil and criminal repercussions, and further involving of the police and authorities.
As you are a law professor and tout yourself as an expert in 'drug policy' it should be obvious to see your Church has some serious problems in its approach.
Its story of persecution by the authorities goes back a century and has nothing to do with me, but once its leaders and representatives start to persecute me for talking to the police about threats of murder and violence from those caught with drugs in your Church, and involved in disgusting mockery and harassment of witnesses to Court I get involved and present sorely needed lessons in ethics and morality to your collective that sticks its fingers up at such values, demonstrated by the fact its representatives boldly claim to be able to murder people, or malign them as sick and evil for standing up for the well-being of their families.
It is a Church also that time and time again, imports substances without legal permission, assuming it is legal, but it is said that assumption is the mother of all failures.
Sooner or later, of course there will be police raids and legal troubles
with that approach.
Charlotte Walsh was also invited to sign a letter of condemnation:
It has been brought to our attention that members of the Santo Daime Church, with origins in the Netherlands, opened an online retreat centre and were then arrested with large quantities of prohibited substances by the Portuguese GNR.
Afterwards members of the Santo Daime Church sent you messages saying you were sick and evil, would be murdered, finished off, looked like a (censor), was an arsonist, would flounder in hell for eternity, would have blogs made about you saying you were of a sick and evil mind, were full of (censor), that you were mentally sick and deranged, and similar.
It was because they accused you of being a police snitch and proceeded to try and threaten you with murder to make you be quiet in Court.
As a result, you obtained injunctions against them in Court prohibiting them from posting disgusting abuse and defamation about you on the internet because you were a witness to the Court.
Regardless of our personal feelings about the prohibition of the sacrament and legalization issues in our homeland, we cannot excuse this behaviour by any members of our Church.
There is no ethical, moral or legal justification for harassment and mockery of witnesses to Criminal Proceedings. We condemn those who threatened you with murder, we condemn those who labelled you sick and evil, for defending yourself against such appalling behaviour, which is not representative of the values in our wider Santo Daime movement.
We confirm that the Ayahuasca Defence Fund does not assist such individuals on any level.
We confirm that the Santo Daime Church and the ADF does not condone the mockery, harassment and intimidation of witnesses to the Courts and to police investigations, we also confirm the ADF had no role in inciting this behaviour and wish to apologize for what has happened, on behalf of the Santo Daime Church in the Netherlands.
We completely and unreservedly condemn the behaviours complained of and those responsible and aspire to be ethically responsible in our work with entheogens.
The future of the legalization of our practices is on the line, behaviour such as this, sets a very bad example, but we assure you it is an isolated incident, behaviour not aligned with our religion or our values, a matter that we completely condemn and one we will learn from.
We are very sorry that you had to experience this behaviour.
Charlotte Walsh …………………………………………………… Date ……………………..
(Ayahuasca Defence Fund)
As yet UNSIGNED