U.S. Immigration Court Grants Asylum to German Scientologist - 1997-11-08

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F37.png U.S. Immigration Court Grants Asylum to German Scientologist November 8, 1997, Douglas Frantz, New York Times

A Federal immigration court judge has granted asylum to a German member of the Church of Scientology who claimed that she would be subjected to religious persecution had she been required to return to her homeland, the woman's lawyer and a Scientology official said today.

While few details of the case were available, it is believed to be the first time the United States has given asylum protection to a Scientologist. The Church of Scientology has been waging a highly public international campaign against what it considers discrimination against its members by the German Government.


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