French Scientologist Sentenced After Church Member's Suicide - 1996-11-23

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F37.png French Scientologist Sentenced After Church Member's Suicide November 23, 1996, Craig R. Whitney, New York Times

The founder and former head of the Church of Scientology in Lyons was convicted of fraud and involuntary homicide today in the death of a church member who committed suicide after going heavily into debt to pay the sect for counseling sessions.

A French tribunal sentenced the defendant, Jean-Jacques Mazier, to serve 18 months in prison, with an additional 18 months suspended, and fined him $100,000.


{{cite news | first = Craig R. | last = Whitney | title = French Scientologist Sentenced After Church Member's Suicide | url = http://www.nytimes.com/1996/11/23/world/french-scientologist-sentenced-after-church-member-s-suicide.html | work = New York Times | date = November 23, 1996 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}