Scientology Crime Syndicate

AP September 20, 1999

Trial of Scientologists Begins

.c The Associated Press

MARSEILLE, France (AP) - A controversial trial of seven members of the Church of Scientology began Monday in southern France but was immediately bogged down by a scandal over missing evidence.

The Scientologists' defense demanded the trial be postponed because of the "dreadful climate" created after documents relating to the case disappeared from the court. An official inquiry found that the loss of the documents two weeks ago was due to a mistake by a court clerk.

Scientology leaders in the southern French cities of Nice and Marseille came under investigation in 1990 for alleged fraud, illegal practice of medicine and premeditated violence.


Copyright 1999 The Associated Press.


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