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Bad News For Scientology

In a news story that’s garnered worldwide publicity, two branches of the Church of Scientology in France have been sentenced this week to pay fines of over €600,000 after being convicted of “fraud in an organised gang” by a court in Paris. Four officials of the group, including Alain Rosenberg, the group’s head in France, also received suspended prison sentences of between 18 months and two years alongside fines ranging from €5,000 to €30,000.

The sentence comes at the culmination of case which saw two female former members allege that they were pressured into paying large sums of money to the church after joining in the 1990s. They also alleged that members of the church had harassed them to buy a variety of products including vitamins and to sign up for “purification” courses costing thousands of euros. For listeners who aren’t familiar with purification, it’s a detoxification technique used in scientology variously for religious, spiritual and medical benefits. The program consists of large doses of vitamin B3 Niacin and long, hot saunas, both beyond what is usually considered a safe level, as was detailed in the New York Press in June 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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