French Court Finds Scientology Guilty of Fraud

Posted by Kendall Harmon

For the second time this month, the Church of Scientology has won a battle against its dissolution in Europe, despite a stiff sentence handed down by a French court against its operations here.

In a verdict delivered Tuesday (Oct. 27), a Paris court fined the church’s Celebrity Center and its bookshop in the French capital nearly $900,000 for defrauding former members. It handed suspended prison sentences to four church leaders and fined two others.

But the court stopped short of banning the church’s operations in France, as demanded by the prosecution. A recent legal change bars courts here from dissolving organizations convicted of fraud.

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