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France: Scientology appeal trial Nov. 3 - Dec. 1, 2011


Patron Meritorious
Translation of an excerpt from a French article posted on Nov. 24, 2011 on the eitb.com website:
Scientologie : 1,5 million d'euros d'amende requis en appel
Chief prosecutor Hugues Woirhaye denounced the "predatory dimension" of the Scientologists' approach, recalling that Scientology's methods had already resulted in convictions in other jurisdictions, in Lyon in 1997 and in Marseille in 1999. "Clearly, the persons implicated in the present prosecution have not learned the consequences of these earlier convictions involving similar practices," he said.

Accordingly, he requested increased fines and publication of the court's decision in many newspapers, as was requested in the first trial. He also emphasized the necessity of an "exemplary response by imposing penalties that would be sufficiently dissuasive to the authors of these actions."


Patron Meritorious
Translation of an excerpt from a French article posted on Nov. 24, 2011 on the website of Le nouvel observateur:
Peines aggravées requises en appel contre la Scientologie
"In this phantom trial where there were no defendants, no defense, no victims, only the Scientology religion was on trial. Through the prosecution's actions and the Justice Ministry's scandalous misconduct, the French state has turned the clock back to the era of wars of religion. The concluding remarks at the hearing were reminiscent of Stalinist justice," the Scientology organization declared in a statement published on Thursday. "The closing arguments were a parody of justice that will not elevate the honor of our country among democratic countries that respect freedom of religion."

Chief prosecutor Hugues Woirhaye complained that the defense's "strategy of evasion" was "planned according to the trial dates to disrupt the proceedings". "Such a strategy reflects a deliberate choice, to remain in a posture of systematic denial," he said. Scientology moved its fight outside the court by staging two demonstrations during the past week, one of which took place at the gates of the courthouse to protest what they call an unfair trial.
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Truman Show Dropout
Two photos of the Nov. 22, 2011 protest by Scientologists outside the Paris court of appeal:

The smaller signs say: "Biased trial: We won't take it any more", "Justice for Scientologists", "No to an unfair trial" and the large sign reads: "Scientology: No to a trial for heresy"

Source: http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg864/scaled.php?tn=0&server=864&filename=heqht.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640, via http://groups.google.com/group/fr.soc.sectes/browse_thread/thread/4f4550c37b4812cb#

Source: http://scientologuescontreladiscrimination<dot>com/2011/11/22/manifestation-des-scientologues-pour-denoncer-une-justice-inequitable/ (<dot> inserted because this is a Scientology website)

I'm surprised there wasn't a counter protest by the Anons.


Patron with Honors
First instalment of appeal trial coverage
up at Infinite Complacency: after the
prosecution summary, now back to
chronological account. This only deals
with the run-up to appeal.
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Patron with Honors
I've posted a couple of more sections in
my delayed coverage of last year's appeal
trial, but I don't I'll be able to finish the
write-up before Thursday, when the court's
judgment is due. A week sleeping off a cold and
my laptop giving up the ghost ate into my writing

The first filing covers mainly the procedural
motions by defence lawyers trying to get the
case dismissed or at least delayed:

The second covers the major battle that erupted
over the bid by the counter cult group UNADFI to
be admitted as plaintiffs in the case. At stake was
maintaining the lawyer Oliver Morice, who had the
most knowledge of Scientology, in the trial, as his
other client had settled with the movement and
withdrawn from the appeal stage of the case.

Jonny Jacobsen
Infinite Complacency


Patron with Honors
Some people new to the case have been asking where is the best
place to go for a summary of the story so far.

Rather than wade through my early coverage of the original trial, a good place
to start is my analysis of the original judgment against Scientology, which is what
they are appealing in this trial: Reviewing the Paris Judgment.

For a summary of those original convictions, see: The Court's Ruling.

Then there's Preparing the Ground, which sets the scene for appeal trial.


Jonny Jacobsen


French court upholds Scientology fraud conviction :clap:

PARIS (AP) — A French appeals court on Thursday upheld the Church of Scientology's 2009 fraud conviction on charges it pressured members into paying large sums for questionable remedies.
The case began with a legal complaint by a young woman who said she took out loans and spent the equivalent of €21,000 ($28,000) on books, courses and "purification packages" after being recruited in 1998. When she sought reimbursement and to leave the group, its leadership refused to allow either. She was among three eventual plaintiffs.
Karin Pouw, a spokeswoman for the church in Los Angeles, denounced Thursday's decision, calling it a "miscarriage of justice."
She said the group would appeal the decision to the Court of Cassation and plans to bring a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. Another complaint in pending with a U.N. special rapporteur.
During the appeals process, the prosecution had asked for the church to be fined at least €1 million ($1.3 million) and its bookstore €500,000. But the appeals court on Thursday instead ordered the same fines as the trial court, €400,000 ($530,000) for the church and €200,000 for its bookstore.
In the original trial, prosecutors had tried to get the group disbanded in France, but the court declined even to take the lesser step of shutting down its operations, saying that French Scientologists would have continued their activities anyway.
"The environment in the court was so prejudicial that defense attorneys walked out of the proceedings in protest, refusing as a matter of conscience to participate in proceedings that had degenerated into a charade," Pouw said by phone.
While Scientology is recognized as a religion in the U.S., Sweden and Spain, it is not considered one under French law.
Founded in 1954 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the church teaches that technology can expand the mind and help solve problems. It claims 10 million members around the world, including celebrity devotees Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Belgium, Germany and other European countries have been criticized by the U.S. State Department for labeling Scientology as a cult or sect and enacting laws to restrict its operations.



A reminder of the original trial convictions, fines and sentences ...

1. GUILTY Alain Rosenberg. 2 years prison (suspended) 30,000E fine *+
2. GUILTY Didier Michaux 18months Prison (suspended) 20,000E fine *
3. GUILTY Jean-François Valli 18months Prison (suspended) 10,000E fine *
4. GUILTY Sabine Jacquart 10months Prison (suspended) 5,000E fine *+
5. GUILTY Aline Fabre 2,000E fine ~
6. GUILTY Marie Anne Pasturel 1,000E fine ~
7. GUILTY Celebrity Centre 400,000E fine * Ordered to publish details of judgment.
8. GUILTY Scientology Bookstore 200,000E fine * Ordered to publish details of judgment.
* = organized fraud
+ = complicity in the illegal exercise of pharmacy
~ = illegal exercise of pharmacy
Note: (7) & (8 ) are ordered to pay for the details of the conviction to be published in the major French and English-language news outlets including Le Monde, Le Figaro, Libération, the Herald Tribune and Time Magazine – and their websites.
Other individual orders and penalties such as for damages and costs awarded to the plaintiffs add further 27,450 Euros to the total.


Gold Meritorious Patron
France Rocks the Boat and WINS!

Just in............France has had a huge success in Appeals.
Please look at this. My congratulations to ALL who have been
working on this. Oh! This is *huge*. :happydance: :woohoo:

The Appeal Court Judgment

The Court of Appeal in Paris confirmed the convictions of the two Scientology organisations for organised fraud; and of five Scientologists appealing convictions for organised fraud and the illegal practice of pharmacy.


My best to all, and DM: Tick Tock, Tick Tock: Happy Thursday before 2:00
For all of us! :cheers: And If you're lurking: Don't forget 2 things:
1) :scnsucks:
2) L Ron Hubbard's Final Policy:
The Way OUT *IS* The Neeeeeeeeeeearest
Hey! He took it, why not YOU? :biggrin:



Gold Meritorious Patron
Re: France Rocks the Boat and WINS!

organized fraud and the illegal practice of pharmacy.

I know for me, having Epilepsy and routed out of their Sea Organization, told I *had* to get off of my medication (with a letter from L Ron Hubbard saying I was right, I did NOT have to pay their exorbitant Free Loaders :bs: Debt- I just had to pay for "Staff Status One and Two" and "continue on in the HGC and once that's handled (Epilepsy) we'll see you up the line".

I fought them for 20+ Y E A R S re medicine, and being sold Auditing to
"fix" it. So yes, this is HUGE for *me* personally and IF anyone in France
needs a witness to this decision, I'm here for you.

I'll even testify IF you fly me there *and* get me some yummy French food
(J/Kidding) :biggrin:

I'm so, sooooooooooooooooo happy.:happydance:

Great job to ALL who helped on this one.



Patron Meritorious
Re: France Rocks the Boat and WINS!

Translation of an excerpt from an interview with Valeska Paris posted on Feb. 2, 2012 on the website of French daily Le Parisien:

Une ancienne scientologue : «J’ai perdu tout un pan de ma vie»
("Former Scientologist: "I lost a whole part of my life")

Are you following Scientology's legal developments in France?
Of course, I am hoping it will be convicted. David Miscavige hates France. One day, we had organized a celebration for Alain Rosenberg [one of the defendants] on the Freewinds; he had just won an award. Everything was decorated in the colors of France. Miscavige, in a rage, ordered that everything be torn down! He detests France because he can't do what he wants there. It's a pebble in his shoe.


Scientology in France: Still Guilty of Fraud

"​Big news this morning out of a French appeals court, where a decision was handed down regarding Scientology's 2009 conviction for fraud.

"Scientology watchers around the world have been keeping an eye on the proceedings, which were wild and woolly: in November, Scientology's entire contingent of attorneys and defendants stormed out of the courtroom, complaining about how the case was proceeding."

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Troublesome Internet Fringe Dweller


Can't help myself, sorry folks, its that time again . . . happy dance!!!


Whew! That's better.


Patron Meritorious
Translation of a French article posted on Feb. 2, 2012:
"Les jours de la Scientologie sont comptés", selon le président de la Miviludes
Scientology's days are numbered in France says MIVILUDES president

Georges Fenech, president of MIVILUDES (Interministerial Mission of Vigilance and Combat against Sectarian Abuses), believes that "going forward, Scientology's days are numbered in France." In a statement to AFP on Thursday, Mr. Fenech qualified as "historic" the decision rendered Thursday morning by the Paris court of appeal, which "clearly condemned Scientology's fraud." The court confirmed the respective fines of 400,000 and 200,000 euros that were imposed on Scientology's two Parisian entities, the Celebrity Centre and the SEL bookstore. The Paris court of appeal also confirmed or increased the sentences handed down in 2009 to five Scientologists. "In France," Mr. Fenech added, "We can can consider that Scientology, which is a church only in name, has its days numbered. In the event of a subsequent conviction, it will almost automatically incur dissolution."


Patron Meritorious
Translation of a French article posted on Feb. 3, 2012 on the website of the daily newspaper Le Parisien:
Paris : la maire du XVIIe réclame la fermeture du centre de Scientologie
Paris: Mayor of 17th arrondissement calls for closing of Scientology Center

February 3, 2012

Brigitte Kuster, mayor of the 17th arrondissement in Paris, yesterday asked Minister of the Interior, Claude Guéant, to study the feasibility of closing the Scientology center located at 69 Legendre Street, in the heart of the Batignolles district. The center may, according to her, by itself constitute "a form of dangerous proselytism".

Her request comes after the conviction on appeal for "organized fraud" against Scientology officials and two Scientology entities, one of which is the home of Scientology — the Celebrity Centre — and is situated in the 17th arrondissement. The court confirmed the respective fines of 400,000 and 200,000 euros imposed on two Paris entities, the Celebrity Centre and the SEL bookstore. Yesterday, several dozen Scientologists cried "discrimination" in front of the Paris courthouse.


Patron with Honors
Picking up on some of the above items, I've finally got around
to posting an analysis on the aftermath of the appeal court

Leading opponents of Scientology say the Paris appeal court
convictions of two of its organisations mark the beginning of the
end for the movement in France. It this is no idle threat.



Jonny Jacobsen
Infinite Complacency
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