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Ron the Jailbird

Here are some paragraphs from the judgement passed in France in February, 1979, sentencing Hubbard to 4 years in jail for fraud. The following is a *VERY* rough translation from the original French into English. The original text is available via this link. Basically, the court discovered that Scientology is a business and not a religion; that the business was micro-managed by Hubbard; that the business was fraudulently providing medical services and doing so without a license; that the business was using a worthless device called an "e-meter" in its medical "services;" and that 10 per centum of the "take" was skimmed off to Hubbard in the fraud. At the time Hubbard was convicted, he was hiding from United States law enforcement agencies. In the last 1990s the Scientology organization would again be under investigation for fraud in France. This is also the case in Spain.

Quoting from the Court Judgement.
Under deceptive cover of a non-profit association that falsely presents itself as a "church" whose purpose is "philosophical" and "religious," this organisation is actually an organized psychoterapeutic system and hides a commercial enterprise. [....] Practicing fake personnality tests done by a staff without any medical qualifications, and who uses a psuedo-scientific device [e-meter] long known to measure a well known phenomenon [skin resistance], as it was 'invented' by the "religion's founder", and under the false claim of the e-meter being a "religious device..."


Whereas it is well known that Ronald Lafayette HUBBARD, American citizen but no longer living in his country for many years, has published in the USA a book named "Dianetics..." and founded in 1954 the "Church" of Scientology of California; that he went then to St Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex, England, to create the World Wide headquarters of Scientology; that under his own impulse was founded in Kopenhagen (Denamark) a publishing company, responsible for publishing and distributing to every Scientology "church" from the countries where it disseminated, the various neeeded issues to propagate the scientology doctrine, Hubbard received payment via his copyrights and royalties attached..."

"...it is nevertheless surprising to observe that HUBBARD believed it was good to create ... a true "code of offences" ["Lower Ethics Conditions"] which can be committed by Scientology members, the severest being 'high crimes'..."

"Whereas LAARHUIS [ex-Paris' Org CO], during his first hearing, was wearing a marine's officer uniform, that he made known, ...that Hubbard was no more living into England, but on a yacht, that that yacht was owned by a Panamean Company created by Hubbard and his wife in Spain, that company having then been sold by Hubbard and wife to others, acting probably as sham [cloaking / hiding] figureheads,..."

"Whereas it appears that the various groups and scientology entities are forming a coherent body, perfectly organized..., strictly hierarchized, energetically governed, following strict and precise orders... this can't hide the real identity of the leaders, their activity, the control exerted on them and on the whole body of the group's followers, neither the use of some processes to get to the main wanted purpose, that is: getting the most money possible for the movement..."

"Whereas that [enterprise] was doubled by another, ... constituting de facto a commercial company..."

"That to try to hide profits, none apparent profits are done, but that the "reserves" are reinvested in buildings or other buyings ... that if needed it would be enough to quote the bulletin signed by HUBBARD (08.24.1965) from where it can easily be deduced that money is the main purpose of scientology leaders, Hubbard writing "Money's income are essential..."

"Whereas "auditing sessions" done with the e-meter, obliged also to establish veritable statements, whose contents should have remain secrete,... that those content was nevertheless not made known to the "aud ited" persons, but indicated on his files, to which only leaders and ethics officer were gaining access, this contituting between their hand a real possibility of pressure..."

"Whereas it is proven fact that that method's application was unable , used alone, to ensure the success in trade or in job, that it was in fact a mere hope of chimerical events, fallacious promises, those having done such promises being very aware that they could not be done..."

"Whereas all these conditions and constituting elements of the fraud are existing simultaneously and that the offence is characterized...

Whereas indeed that the "fruit" of the fraud was not a personal profit for [the three other sentenced scientologists], but to the french group of scientologists, group which by a hidden line was transmitting 10% of the income to England, profiting then to Hubbard, who, despite every contrary apparences, remained the master of that very special "affair", though well hidden..."

"... the french group of scientology was presenting itself falsely, as it sells services ... and never its leaders did indicate that there was any possibility of failures..."



LAARHUIS, Henry, Willem, to 3 years jail and 15000 F amend,

Jacqueline V. to 2 years jail and 10000 F amend,

ANDREU George, to 1 year delayed jail [suspended, on appeal, due to his being a minor] and 3000 F amend.

[....] "

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