Greek court orders closure of Scientology mission - 1997-01-17
ATHENS, GREECE ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ An Athens court has called the Church of Scientology a danger to society and ordered it to close, drawing fire from Scientologists, who called the decision a sham.
A copy of the ruling obtained by The Associated Press on Friday accused the church of operating under the cloak of a philosophic society to try to lure, brainwash and exploit members.
"It is an organization with medical, social and ethical practices that are dangerous and harmful," Judge Constandia Angelaki wrote in her ruling. "It claims to act freely so as to draw members who subsequently undergo ... brainwashing by dictated ways of thinking that limit reaction capabilities."