Scientology Guilty of Fraud, Rules French Court

But ruling stops short of outright ban
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 27, 2009 6:40 AM CDT
A French court found the Church of Scientology guilty of fraud and fined it $600,000. It stopped short of banning the group.   (©Mike Tigas)
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(Newser) – A Paris court has convicted the Church of Scientology's French branch of fraud and fined it $600,000, but stopped short of the ban on the group that was sought by prosecutors. Church leaders were found guilty of pressuring members into paying large sums of money for questionable financial gain. The court handed them suspended sentences of between 10 months and two years. The court did not order the group to shut down, ruling that it would be likely to continue its activities anyway, "outside any legal framework." (Read more Scientology stories.)