Burlington woman free in Argentina cult case
Hamilton Spectator/1993-12-14, p. A1
by Kate Barlow
Susan Claire Borowick is free.
The former Burlington resident was released from an Argentine jail
yesterday after all charges -- including child sex abuse -- against 21
members of The Family religious sect were dropped by an appeals court in
The 16 men and five women were released after the Chamber of Appeals in
San Martin, near Buenos Aires, ruled that the federal court does not
have jurisdiction in the matter, said Alberto Jurin, the group's
"All charges have been dropped and their homes restored to them," said
Steve Borowick, the woman's brother, from his Burlington home late last
Mr. Borowick received confirmation that the charges had been dropped
from his mother, a Toronto justice of the peace, who has spent the past
month in Argentina trying to get her daughter released.
Ms Borowick's son Esteban, 12, was among the more than 100 children of
group members also freed from a children's jail.
Known as Clara to group members, Ms Borowick is in need of medical
attention related to a previous health problem but had refused treatment in
the jail hospital for fear of contracting AIDS.
Esteban is very depressed and his head is covered in lice, according to
Mr. Borowick's mother.
Ms Borowick, 33, is alleged to be the leader of the sect, whose members
were held on the sexual abuse and other charges, including corruption
and concealment of minors, illegal servitude, deprivation of liberty for
religious purposes and racial and religious discrimination.
It's not known if provincial authorities will prosecute. However, Mr.
Borowick believes no further prosecution will ensue.
The cult members were arrested in police raids Sept. 1 on Buenos Aires
homes belonging to the Argentine-based group, an offshoot of the
Children of God sect founded in California in 1969.
Also taken into custody at the time were 138 children of group members.
Mr. Jurin said the children were to be released to the religious