5.27.2009

The Cult of Scientology facing fraud charges in France

The cult is about to go on trial in France for fraud. From ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

The French branch of the Church of Scientology is about to go on trial in Paris to face charges of organised fraud.

The case was filed after a former church member made a complaint that she was pressured into paying large sums of money to the organisation.

The French authorities do not like Scientology as it is officially designated in France as a sect.

This is not the first time that the church has been in trouble with the law, but in the past it has been individual members who have been in the dock.

Now it is the church itself as an organisation that is accused of fraud.

It means that if the church loses the case Scientology could actually be banned from France, a first in Europe.

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