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Feeble French Justice Lets Scientology Off the Hook: Die Welt, Germany

Eric Roux, a ‘legal representative’ of the Church of Scientology in France, seems relieved after the Criminal Court of Paris returned a verdict of fraud against the church – without imposing dissolution.

Days ago, a long-awaited verdict was handed down in the French criminal trial of the Church of Scientology. In the opinion of German columnist Dietrich Alexander of the newspaper Die Welt, the French branch of Scientology got off easy.

For Die Welt, Dietrich Alexander explains why the group wasn’t dissolved – and why in his view, French justice has failed:

“First the legislative: As part of a package of reforms to simplify the legal code, an element of the criminal law that would have allowed for a ban was “mistakenly” removed. Secondly, the socio-political cause: the court could have adjourned without rendering judgment until the missing element of the criminal law was reinstated, but there was evidently a lack of will. A ban, the court explained, would have pushed the sect underground, making it uncontrollable.

“Although Scientology was convicted of criminal activity, the French judiciary failed to draw the proper conclusions. Scientology can pay these fines out of petty cash and continue to conduct its quasi-expropriations. Not a glorious day for justice. Congratulations, Scientology!”

By Dietrich Alexander

Translated By Jonathan Lobsien

October 29, 2009

Germany – Die Welt – Original Article (Germany)
The spokeswoman for French Scientology dug deep into her vault of combat rhetoric: the verdict of the Criminal Court of Paris is part of a “modern inquisition.” The judges ordered the sect, which claims to be a church, to pay €600,000 [$884,000] for “fraud in an organized gang,” and four members of the leadership to parole.

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  • shannonlee

    Scientology is a terrible cult and I feel sorry for its followers.

  • JSpencer

    Any religion has the potential for creating cult-like behavior among it’s followers. Scientology just happens to be one of the more obvious ones. Religion can be a force for good as well, but when followers are so devout they are willing to put rational thought on the backburner, then a line has been crossed, be it Scientology, Christianity, Islam, or whatever.

  • Congratulations to the Church of Scientology in France. All should have the rights to practice their religions.

  • All religions should have a right to practice their religions.

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