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merci ever so beaucoup, MNQL1
Georges Fenech was interviewed about the Arcadia case on September 12, 2014.
A transcript is available in the thread about this interview:
Thank you mnql1.
An important video, providing a few insights into French Law and how there exists a special police force, one that investigates cult abuses. (Something America seems to lack).
The video also provides a small insight into how the French people feel about the cult of scientology. The sample of telephone calls to the video interview more than suggests that they are pissed off about the cult's continued existence in France.
Also, since Catherine Picard retired from duty with MIVILUDES, the French Judge speaks of a lack of vigilance in France of cults in general.
Another French prosecution of Scientology moves a step forward
By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, September 17, 2015
Our man in Paris, Jonny Jacobsen, has a legal update for us this morning:
French prosecutors have launched a formal investigation into a building firm more than a year after staff there said their boss imposed Scientology courses on them, French media reported Wednesday.
Prosecutors are investigating possible workplace harassment, abuse of weakness and financial irregularities at Arcadia, a company based at Voisins-le-Bretonneux, about 20 miles southwest of Paris.
They say they were obliged to attend training courses at Scientology’s Celebrity Centre in Paris. Scientology trainers had subjected them to psychological abuse and they were eventually forced out of the company, they alleged.
Last year we reported that prosecutors had started looking at the complaint, filed by a dozen employees back in June 2014. This decision takes the case a step forward.
Olivier Morice, the lawyer who filed last year’s complaint, is a veteran opponent of Scientology. He frequently represents UNADFI, one of France’s main counter-cult groups.
Two investigating magistrates in Versaille, southwest of Paris, were appointed to the case last month. While this does not necessarily mean they will decide to send it for trial, Morice has welcomed this development as a sign that the authorities are taking the affair seriously.
— Jonny Jacobsen
No surprise there. Of all the places I have been employed, scientology morgs, by far, pay the worst and are the most abusive.
Scientology is still a fraud in France, but it gets some revenge against anti-cult group there
By Jonny Jacobsen, January 21, 2017
In 2013, France’s highest court upheld a ruling that Scientology, in that country at least, is a fraud. And key to that court decision, as well as the one it upheld, was an anti-cult organization named UNADFI that had acted as a plaintiff in both trials and had made sure judges heard damaging information about the American organization.
Now, Scientology has managed to get a bit of revenge. Although its status as a fraud is unchanged, Scientology learned that fines levied against UNADFI will be upheld as the same high court has ruled that the anti-cult group never should have been a part of those trials.
The Cour de Cassation rejected a bid by UNADFI to overturn an appeal court ruling that it had taken part in the trial when it knew it had no standing as plaintiff.
Throughout the trial, Scientology’s lawyers had protested that UNADFI had no right to a voice in court as their statutes did not qualify them for plaintiff status. But at both the original trial and the trial on appeal, the court reserved its decision on the question until the end of proceedings before accepting Scientology’s arguments. That meant that UNADFI’s lawyer, Olivier Morice, was able to put his knowledge of Scientology to good use during the trial, before those rulings were delivered.
Morice played a key role in both the original 2009 trial and the 2013 appeal that led to the conviction of the church for organized fraud here. He used his knowledge of Scientology texts to cross-examine defense witnesses to great effect, frequently clashing with the defense lawyers protesting his presence.
The January 12 ruling by the Cour de Cassation vindicates Scientology’s protests and confirms the fines imposed by the lower court in November 2015. The appeal court convicted the association of having abused the justice system and ordered it to pay the three plaintiffs 3,000 euros each. All three of the plaintiffs — two individuals and one Scientology association — were among those convicted of organized fraud in the earlier trials.
Eric Roux, Scientology’s president in France, welcomed the judgment in a statement posted on his website. “This is an important decision, not just for the Church of Scientology — which thus sees the supreme court confirm the fact that UNADFI has been the source of an influence which was as undue as it was illegal in the trial in question — but for justice in general, as from now on one will have to think twice before illegitimately and in bad faith making oneself a plaintiff in a trial,” he wrote.
The convictions of two Scientology organizations for organized fraud was itself confirmed by the Cour de Cassation in October 2014. Five Scientologists were also convicted on a range of charges, but it was significant for being the first time the movement itself had been convicted in France. A second such conviction could open the way to the movement being dissolved.
In 2014, the European Court of Human Rights dismissed Scientology’s bid to challenge the French fraud convictions there. The same court has on several occasions ruled in favor of Scientology, notably in cases it has brought against Russia.
UNADFI has now changed its statutes to meet the requirements of plaintiff status, so there is every chance of seeing it represented at future trials involving Scientology.
Full article: http://tonyortega.org/2017/01/21/sc...s-some-revenge-against-anti-cult-group-there/
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