Files destroyed in Scientology case - 1999-09-09
The Marseille documents - including financial statements and profiles of Scientology members - were destroyed last August, supposedly as part of a clear-out of the court's archives, but the loss was revealed only this week. The files related to an investigation opened in 1990 against seven Scientology leaders in Marseille and Nice who are due to stand trial later this month accused of fraud and illegally posing as doctors.
Jean-Michel Pesenti, a lawyer representing a former Scientologist who brought the case, said: "At the very least, this is suspicious. It's too much of a coincidence.