French Scientology Case Barred - 2002-07-30

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F0.png French Scientology Case Barred July 30, 2002, Associated Press, Journal Sentinel

A Paris judge has ruled that a 13-year-old case against the Church of Scientology alleging fraud and illegal practice of medicine cannot go to trial because the statute of limitations has expired, a judicial official said Tuesday.

Judge Colette Bismuth-Sauron ruled Friday that there was a lack of progress in the investigation and rejected the case on procedural grounds, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The criminal probe into 16 leaders of the church was opened in 1989 after a criminal complaint was filed by a former Scientologist, Juan Esteban Cordero. He accused the group of "progressive mental conditioning" that led him to spend more than $167,000 on Scientology-related courses.

However, in 1998, hundreds of documents that were to be used as evidence in the case disappeared from the Justice Ministry.


{{cite news | title = French Scientology Case Barred | url = http://www2.jsonline.com/news/intl/ap/jul02/ap-france-scientol073002.asp | work = Associated Press | publisher = Journal Sentinel | date = July 30, 2002 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}