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Scientology trial told: 'Spies' stole key files

Title: Scientology trial told: 'Spies' stole key files
Date: Wednesday, 6 May 1992
Publisher: Toronto Sun (Canada)
Author: Bill Dunphy
Main source: link (43 KiB)

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A former top Scientologist testified yesterday she was put in a closet with a set of picks and told to unlock the door as part of her spy training.

Marion Evoy told court she failed to get out.

But the 42-year-old tutor testified to a string of successes with the Scientology spy network, which is alleged to have penetrated three police forces and three levels of government in the mid-1970s.

The Church of Scientology of Toronto and five members pleaded not guilty to five counts of criminal breach of trust in connection with an alleged spy network that planted spies in the RCMP, the OPP, Metro Police and the attorney general's office.

Evoy said she made three after-hours trips to the archives of the attorney general and spirited away a file that dealt with the flow of intelligence information between Ontario and the U.S.

Evoy, who testified under a grant of immunity, also described an three-man effort to get a Metro Police file on Scientology.

Evoy, two defendants — and a third Scientologist not on trial — ran through numerous "drills."

Evoy said that on the night the file was to be stolen, she waited at Scientology headquarters when defendant Jacqueline Matz arrived with the file.

They photocopied the file, and a plant returned it, Evoy said.

She also sneaked into Queen's Park after hours and through offices with the defendant Jan Joot. Evoy said she carried out a similar operation with Matz at a health ministry office.

The Toronto Sun Copyright (c) 1992, The Toronto Sun Publishing Corp.