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French Scientologist sentenced after church member's suicide

Title: French Scientologist sentenced after church member's suicide
Date: Saturday, 23 November 1996
Publisher: New York Times
Author: Craig R. Whitney
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The founder and former head of the Church of Scientology in Lyons was convicted of fraud and involuntary homicide today in the death of a church member who committed suicide after going heavily into debt to pay the sect for counseling sessions. A French tribunal sentenced the defendant, Jean-Jacques Mazier, to serve 18 months in prison, with an additional 18 months suspended, and fined him $100,000. The eight-day trial, in the first week of October, also examined charges of fraud, attempted ... [Read the rest at]