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12 Scientologists charged with fraud
Agence France Presse
January 15, 1992 20:55 GMT
Twelve leading members of the Scientology Church in France were
charged here Wednesday with fraud and illegally practicing
medicine, court officials said.
The head of the church's French branch, Jean-Claude Chapelet, was
charged with the same offences Tuesday.
All 13 defendants were allowed to go free.
Thirty sect leaders were detained Monday and Tuesday after police
raids on Paris headquarters and an annex of the controversial
Warrants were issued by a judge acting on complaints by former
sect members who say they have been defrauded of a total of four
million francs (740,000 dollars). It was the second police swoop
in less than two years against the Scientology Church here.
The Scientology Church, founded in 1954 by the late
science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, claims six million members
But a French group opposed to religious sects, the Center for
Documentation, Education and Action against Mental Manipulation
(CCMM), says it has only about 400,000 members in some 30
countries, including several thousand in France.
Scientology claims all illnesses can be cured on condition the
human brain rids itself of "aberrations." Learning how to achieve
this costs around 100,000 francs (18,500 dollars) plus several
costly "purification" sessions, CCMM says.
Converts include such celebrities as soprano Julia
Migenes-Johnson, actor John Travolta and jazz pianist Chick
The sect has often found itself in trouble with officialdom the
world over, accused of defrauding and brainwashing followers and,
in France, of quackery at its illegal anti-drug clinics called