Scientology to be put on trial in France for fraud

January 29th, 2009 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Tom CruiseParis, Jan 29 (DPA) The Church of Scientology, a controversial self-styled religion with many well-known Hollywood adherents, will be tried in Paris on charges of organised fraud, France-Info radio has reported.If found guilty, the church could be declared illegal and disbanded. French authorities have always considered that Scientology, which counts film stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its members, is a sect, not a religion.

The organisation is accused of using illicit arguments and procedures to sell its products and services to its members.

The public prosecutor had argued that the charges should be dismissed because the officials of the Church of Scientology did not benefit personally from the organisation’s revenues.

The trial is scheduled to begin May 25.

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