|CNN: French court convicts Church of Scientology of fraud|
Paris, France (CNN)
Eric Roux, a spokesman for the group and an official representative of the organization's Celebrity Center, also said the church would appeal Tuesday's verdict.
A three-judge panel at the Correctional Court in Paris convicted the church and six of its members of organized fraud, but stopped short of banning the church, as prosecutors had asked.
The court also fined the members as much as 400,000 euros ($595,000) each and sentenced them to as much as two years in prison, though the sentences were suspended.The decision follows a three-week trial in May and June, during which two plaintiffs said they were defrauded by the organization, which is classified as a sect in France.
* French court convicts, fines Church of Scientology and six members of organized fraud
* Two plaintiffs said they were defrauded by organization, classified as sect in France
* Plaintiffs complained at use of device that Scientologists say measures spiritual well-being # Judge at Correctional Court in Paris said church may continue activities in France
Full article at cnn.com
Infinite Complacency: Jonny Jacobsen's extensive coverage of the case and trial.
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