Scientology Fraud Conviction
Infinite Complacency Blog
March 30, 2012
Leading opponents of Scientology say the Paris appeal court convictions of two of its organisations mark the beginning of the end for the movement in France. It this is no idle threat.
The fallout from the Paris Court of Appeal’s ruling against Scientology was not long in coming.
On Thursday, February 2, the court confirmed the convictions for organised fraud of two Scientology organisations, the Celebrity Centre and Scientologie Espace Librairie its books outlet.
Within hours, the mayor of the 17th arrondissement, where the Celebrity Centre is based, was calling on Interior Minister Claude Guéant to look at ways of shutting it down.
Brigitte Kuster welcomed the appeal court judgment against the organisation and five of its leading members in a statement posted on her website.
The court had clearly brought to light the cult-like activities the Paris branch of the movement had practised against some of its members, she wrote.
The ruling “should be a major step towards banning the cult, pure and simple,” she added.
In the meantime, she wrote, with the Scientology’s appeal to the Cour de Cassation pending, she asked the government to look at ways of closing the Celebrity Centre on the grounds that “it constitutes, in itself, a form of dangerous proselytism.”
To that end, said the statement, she had contacted the interior minister... more
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