Thursday 24 November 2011

What the Prosecution wants on appeal

The prosecutor in the Paris appeal trial for organised fraud and the illegal practice of pharmacy wants to more than double the fines handed down to the two Scientology organisations convicted at the original trial.

The defendants and their lawyers walked out of the trial on appeal after the court rejected their procedural and legal objections.

So it was the prosecutor, Hugues Warhaye, who closed proceedings, setting out what penalties the state wanted to see the court impose on the defendants.

Perhaps most significant is that he wants to more than double the fines against the two Scientology organisations handed down at the original trial.

After outlining the various offences (set out in my coverage of the original trial) he asked for:

  •   a fine of one million euros against L’Association Spirituelle de l’Eglise de Scientologie CC (ASES), the Celebrity Centre (substantially more than the 400,000-euro fine handed down in the original judgment);
  •  a fine of 500,000 euros against Scientologie Espace Librairie (SEL), Scientology’s network of bookshops (again, a 150-percent increase on the 200,000-euro fine they received in the original judgement);
  • For Alain Rosenberg, the managing director of the Celebrity Centre, he asked for a two-year suspended jail sentence and a 30,000-euro fine (the same as his original sentence);
  • For Sabine Jacquart, president of the Celebrity Centre at the time in question, he asked for a two-year suspended sentence and a 20,000-euro fine (more than the original sentence because of what he said was her key role in the offences);
  • For Didier Michaux, the Paris bookshop’s star salesman, he asked for an 18-month suspended sentence and a 20,000-euro fine (the same as his original sentence);
  • For Jean-Fran├žois Valli, the other bookshop salesman who also did work for the Celebrity Centre, he asked for a two-year suspended sentence and a fine of 15,000 euros: (both the suspended sentence and the fine higher than in his original conviction);
  • For Aline Fabre, who supervised the Purification Rundown at the Celebrity Centre, he asked for a 4,000-euro fine (twice that received that in the original trial).

A sixth defendant convicted over her role as an intermediary in the sale of vitamins for the Purification Rundown and fined 1,000 euros at the original trial did not appeal.

You can see a summary of what prosecution asked for at the original trial here; and a summary of the original convictions here. I also recently published an analysis of the original sentence.

Briefly, Olivier Morice, for the counter-cult UNADFI, which is appealing the refusal of its status as plaintiff in the case, returned to the issue of a procedural error, which he thinks may mean the appeal by ASES, the Celebrity Centre, is null and void. I summarised this issue briefly at Why We Protest a couple of days ago.

The appeal court will hand down its ruling on Thursday, February 2.


  1. The Holy Scriptures written by The GOD L. Ron. Hubbard
    The God Ron said “Never Defend, Always Attack”. He “thought” and then “Doctrine of Fair Game” came into being into this Sinful World to control it.
    He saw that people got sick and he claimed to all mankind. “That all illness in greater or lesser degree and all foul-ups stem directly and only from a PTS condition”.
    He saw that all real causes of illnesses and symptoms, had to be suppressed, hidden, erased from his Ronbots’ brains, so he needed a way to keep the fraud secret. So he claimed to his slaves that all the REAL CAUSES of illnesses in the world were only an illusion and a deception created by psychiatrists to dominate the world in mental health and MDs in physical health.
    "So long as a physiological phenomenon remains the knowledge of a few and is denied to the many it can be utilized to control the many." LRH (from Journal of Scientology Issue 4-G from Oct. 1952)
    But the truth even though suppressed, has been exposed. I am the only living soul (outside of upper Sea Org staff) who knows exactly how his 72 hour delayed physiological reactions (restimulation) really work, and why it works and how to stop it from working or reverse it. Scientology’s God Ron has hidden this physiological phenomenon as their secret, of a human function so old that it came before mankind could walk.
    The God Ron claims that 72 hours after being near a Suppressive Person you will get sick. He claims that all SPs restimulate and is the ONLY cause or source of ALL illnesses and accidents or foul-ups. But the cult also claims that ALL people that dislike and/or oppose Scientology are Suppressive Persons without exception.
    Then God Ron ordered “Disconnection”, “Fair Game”, and also the prohibition and restriction of all Ronbots from reading, listening, studying or viewing certain channels or media, literature, or talking to us, to keep them ignorant.
    The God called Ron observed the physiological reaction of the human body and brain and then invented a religion, after he discovered that study tech and auditing, comes from physiological reactions. Then he invented the fraud called PTS-SP tech, as a way to control people and encourage the suppression and victimization of humanity.
    Dianetics and Scientology is full of fraud – but it will be exposed.
    Always find the true and real source of all illnesses—The GOD RON lies.

  2. Kevin Bloody Mackey24 November 2011 at 22:44

    This is going to be interesting if the prosecution is victorious with the personal prosecution and fines for Rosenberg and his three juniors. How will it unravel? Will the Cof$ pay their fines? If it does that would be incredibly out of character. The usual tactic would be to throw them under a bus and announce that they were "out ethics" and pulled the whole thing in, blaming them for all of the cult's misfortunes since they were hired. Then who will step up and shill for the cult in France?

    Running anything for the cult is like the kiss of death, just look how it works out for the poor saps, study the history, you'll be amazed.

  3. February 2 - That's the Feast of the Purification heh.