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Scientology centres convicted of fraud in France // Church fined over £500,000 after case brought by former members who were pressured into handing over money

Title: Scientology centres convicted of fraud in France // Church fined over £500,000 after case brought by former members who were pressured into handing over money
Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Publisher: The Guardian (UK)
Author: Jason Burke
Main source: guardian.co.uk

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Two flagship branches of the Church of Scientology in France have been sentenced to pay fines of over €600,000 (£550,000) after being convicted of "fraud in an organised gang" today by a court in Paris. The judgment against the Scientology Celebrity Centre and a related bookshop in Paris is one of the most important to involve the controversial organisation in recent years. The judges stopped short of the total ban the prosecution had called for, so the church will be allowed ... [Read the rest at guardian.co.uk]