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Scientology Crime Syndicate

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/19990922/aponline174525_000.htm

Lawyer Seeks Scientologist Sentence

By Jean-Charles Banoun
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999; 5:45 p.m. EDT

MARSEILLE, France лл A prosecutor sought 2- to 3-year prison terms on Wednesday for six members of the Church of Scientology on trial in France for fraud, and called the organization a "monster that devours" its followers' money.

Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Drouy-Ayral referred to the main defendant, Xavier Delamare, as a "parasite" living at the expense of Scientology offices in Marseille and Nice. Drouy-Ayral asked the court to convict Delamare and punish him with a 3-year prison term, with 18 months suspended, and the equivalent of a $32,000 fine.

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Drouy-Ayral refused to enter the debate over whether Scientology is a religion. Instead, he compared the Church of Scientology to "a monster that devours the money of its followers." He demanded that the court confiscate the funds in the Scientology bank accounts seized during the investigation.

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Drouy-Ayral asked that the court use its own judgment in deciding the fate of a seventh defendant who denounced the Church of Scientology as a "swindle" after three months as a member.

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