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Church of Scientology Sent to Trial in France


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AFP 3.4.2001

PARIS - La section Ile-de-France de l'Eglise de Scientologie a été
renvoyée en correctionnelle en tant que personne morale, ainsi que son
président Marc Walter, notamment pour "tentative d'escroquerie", a-t-on
indiqué mardi de source proche de l'enquête.

Le juge d'instruction parisien Renaud van Ruymbeke, en charge de cette
affaire, a signé le 28 mars son ordonnance de renvoi devant le tribunal
correctionnel de Paris.

La section IDF de l'Eglise de Scientologie et son président étaient
poursuivis pour "tentative d'escroquerie", "traitement d'information
nominative concernant une personne physique malgré l'opposition de
celle-ci", et "entrave à l'action de la CNIL" (Commission nationale
informatique et liberté).

L'enquête avait été ouverte après le dépôt d'une plainte d'un ancien
adepte qui continuait à recevoir les publications de l'organisation en
dépit de ses demandes d'être retiré du fichier.

La section IDF de l'Eglise de Scientologie, la plus importante de
France, rassemble environ 20.000 membres sur un total de 50.000 dans le
pays.

En mai 2000, une perquisition avait été effectuée au siège de
l'organisation, rue Jules César, dans le 12ème arrondissement de Paris.
Les policiers avaient notamment saisi du matériel informatique et placé
M. Walter en garde à vue pendant 24 heures.

Un mois plus tard, la CNIL avait par ailleurs dénoncé au parquet de
Paris l'église de Scientologie d'Ile-de-France, soulignant notamment
qu'elle avait conservé dans ses fichiers les coordonnées d'une personne
qui avait demandé à ne plus y figurer.

L'Eglise de Scientologie a été fondée en 1954 par l'Américain Ron
Hubbard (1911-1986), écrivain de science-fiction.





Church of Scientology Sent to Trial in France

Tuesday, April 03, 2001


PARIS (Reuters) - A French magistrate has ordered the Paris division of
the Church of Scientology to stand trial on charges of attempted extortion
and invasion of privacy, judicial sources said on Tuesday.

Investigating magistrate Renaud Van Ruymbeke also notified Marc Walter, a
leader of Scientology in the Paris region, that he would face trial on the
same charges, in addition to false advertising.

However, Van Ruymbeke dropped charges against Martine Brochard, another
Scientologist.

The suit was filed by three former Scientologists who accused the church
of using their names and addresses on its listings after they had left the
movement.

Court documents said two of the three plaintiffs had been bombarded with
publicity material seeking money under false pretences.

Walter's lawyer Mourad Oussedik rejected the charges.

"There was never any false advertising or attempt at extortion. It's
manipulation," he told Reuters.

French authorities view the Church of Scientology with suspicion and do
not recognize it as a religion. Members have complained of harassment and
persecution.

A date for the trial was not immediately set.


:===Begin Quote===
Church of Scientology Sent to Trial in France
Reuters, Mar. 3, 2001
http://news.excite.com/news/r/010403/14/international-france-scientology-dc
PARIS (Reuters) - A French magistrate has ordered the Paris division of the
Church of Scientology to stand trial on charges of attempted extortion and
invasion of privacy, judicial sources said on Tuesday.

Investigating magistrate Renaud Van Ruymbeke also notified Marc Walter, a leader
of Scientology in the Paris region, that he would face trial on the same
charges, in addition to false advertising.

However, Van Ruymbeke dropped charges against Martine Brochard, another
Scientologist.

The suit was filed by three former Scientologists who accused the church of
using their names and addresses on its listings after they had left the
movement.

Court documents said two of the three plaintiffs had been bombarded with
publicity material seeking money under false pretences.

Walter's lawyer Mourad Oussedik rejected the charges.

"There was never any false advertising or attempt at extortion. It's
manipulation," he told Reuters.

French authorities view the Church of Scientology with suspicion and do not
recognize it as a religion. Members have complained of harassment and
persecution.

A date for the trial was not immediately set.





 

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