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[France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

Discussion in 'Leaks & Legal' started by azerty, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. azerty Member

    [France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

    EPIC EVENT !!! (Happened today, 08 SEP 08)

    After 10 years of procedure, a french judge officially accused the french CoS of "Fraud made in Organised Group" and "Illegal Use of Medicines" (as I am not a lawyer, please feel free to correct my translation - the original phrase is "Escroquerie en Bande Organisee et Pratique Illegale de la Pharmacie").

    In France, it is a very strong accusation.

    The Criminal Court of Paris ("Tribunal Correctionnel de Paris") will examine this accusation in 2009.
    If the procedure goes to its end, the probable sentence is the prohibition ("dissolution") of ASES, the official structure of CoS in France, as well as its publishing firm SEL.

    By the way : seven scientologists, including the Director of CoS Celebrity Center in Paris, are also accused.

    Big up for the judge !:hooray::hooray:
  2. Top Grunge Member

    Re: [France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

    I'm in a tossup here of saying LURK MOAR! or just callin you Slowpoke...
  3. Amoninism Member

    Re: [France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

    awesome news is awesome.
  4. azerty Member

    Re: [France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

    Koz tony always wins.:idunno:
  5. JRhumperdink Member

  6. Anonymous Member

    Re: [France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

    Win
  7. censor Member

    Re: [France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

    is think they mean "organized crime" ... mafia, anyone?
  8. stuwyatt Member

    Re: [France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

    C'est manifique! Le cult est mort en France!

    Felicitations anonymous France!
    (forgive me, my written French sucks)

    [Edit] Allez vous faire enculer cretins Scientologie!
  9. vaxick Member

    Re: [France] $cientology in front of a court in 2009 !!!

    Scientology on trial for fraud | NEWS.com.au

    THE Church of Scientology is to be tried for fraud, and seven of its members for illegally prescribing drugs.
    The trial is the latest clash between French officials and the controversial religion.

    The charges stem from a case taken by a woman who said she paid the church more than €20,000 ($34,590) for lessons, books, drugs and an "electrometre," a device which the church says can measure a person's mental state.

    She allegedly made the payments after being approached by Scientologists in a Paris street in 1998.

    The case to be examined at a still-unknown date by a Paris court is also being taken by another plaintiff and by France's professional pharmaceutical association.

    Founded in the United States in 1954 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology, which has attracted Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise, was officially recognised as a religion there 20 years later.

    But it is often accused in France and in other European countries, including Belgium, Germany and Greece, of exploiting its members financially.

    Scientology followers are expected to contribute money to the church's coffers and follow its courses in order to climb through the ranks.

    In particular Scientologists use a spiritual healing method called Dianetics, which is designed to help alleviate unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses.

    A French parliamentary commission has classified the church as a sect.

    Critics of Scientology in France and abroad accuse it of unfairly pressuring and harassing opponents, including judges, lawyers, parliamentarians and journalists who have investigated its activities.

    The organisation often goes to court to raise defamation charges whenever it feels itself under attack.

    In the French court case announced yesterday, Judge Jean-Christophe Hullin signed an order referring the church's main structure in France, the ASES-Celebrity Centre, and its bookshop for "organised fraud", legal sources said.

    The ASES and the bookshop could be closed if it is convicted, according to a source close to the case.

    The seven church members, including Alain Rosenberg, the manager of the ASES-Celebrity Centre, are to be tried for the "illegal exercise of pharmacy," the legal source said.

    Judge Hullin's decision to proceed with the case went against the Paris prosecutor's office which in September 2004 called for it to be dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

    Olivier Morice, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the "attitude of the prosecutor's office makes one wonder if political considerations were taken into account in the legal treatment of dossiers concerning Scientology."

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