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The judges said the individuals had avoided jail in part because of efforts by the church “to change its practices.”
There have been other cases brought against individual Scientologists in France, but this was the first time the organization was charged for its methods of functioning.
“This is a historic decision,” said Olivier Morice, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. “It’s the first time in France that the entity of the Church of Scientology is condemned for fraud as an organized gang.” He said that the tribunal “expressed its will to maintain the structure of Scientology in order to make it easier to control,” adding that “it gave this decision a national and international dimension so that potential victims can be warned of the methods of Scientology.”
Catherine Picard, who runs an association to help victims of sects, called the verdict “subtle enough and intelligent,” saying that it would help control Scientology in France, and expressed the hope that the state would be “more vigilant.” She said that “Scientology can no longer hide behind freedom of conscience.”
Originally posted by fraterormus
It is important to note that the decision of this landmark court case doesn't ban Scientology in France, but it does force them to reform.
Originally posted by InfaRedMan
Reform... hmmm... is that like asking the wolf in sheeps clothing to try on a different outfit? At the end of the day you will still have the same toxic entity operating under the facade. They operate the way they do due to the core belief system of Scientology itself... this cannot and will not change!
More needs to be done!