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Kevin Stevenson: ‘Suing the Scientologists’ – The Phoenix, February 22nd 2013

A High Court case coming down the tracks promises to shed some light on the mysterious internal workings of the Church of Scientology in Ireland, which is being sued for €100,000 by a former member who is alleging 'fraud', 'undue influence', 'misrepresentation,' and 'infliction of emotional distress.' The Scientologists are contesting the allegations and are represented by Dublin solicitors, Noel Smyth & Partners.…



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"Belgium to bring fraud charges against Scientologists" - Irish Independent, December 29th 2012

BELGIAN federal prosecutors are preparing to bring charges, including fraud and extortion, against the Church of Scientology as a "criminal organisation", according to press reports.

Charges of fraud, illegal medicine, breaches of privacy and extortion have been drawn up against the church and two senior executives, 'De Tijd', Belgium's financial newspaper, has reported.

"The subpoenas have only just been sent to the Scientologists," the newspaper…

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“Anti-Scientology campaigners fear harassment” – The Sunday Times (Ireland), May 13th 2012

FORMER members of the Church of Scientology will hold a conference in Dublin next month to highlight the impact the movement has on followers.

The organiser is Pete Griffiths, a former director of an English Scientology mission, who says he has informed police at Dublin airport Scientologists may stage protests there against speakers arriving for the event.

Mike Rinder, a former chief spokesman for Scientology, claims when he came to Ireland in October he was…

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"Court upholds Scientology fraud ruling in France" - The Irish Times, February 3rd 2012

A FRENCH appeals court has upheld fraud charges and a €600,000 fine against the Church of Scientology for cajoling followers into paying large sums for bogus personality tests and cures.

Rejecting the church’s appeal against a 2009 ruling, the court said two French branches of the US-based organisation were guilty of “organised fraud” and gave four of its leaders suspended jail sentences of up to two years.

A French parliamentary committee described Scientology…

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"Scientologists appeal French fraud ruling" - RTÉ News, November 3rd 2011

The Church of Scientology is appealing a French court ruling that found it guilty of fraud for fleecing vulnerable followers and fined it hundreds of thousands of euros.

 

The 2009 conviction saw Scientology's Celebrity Centre and its bookshop in Paris, the two branches of its French operations, ordered to pay €600,000 in fines for preying financially on several followers in the 1990s.

 

Arriving for the hearing at a Paris court today, the group's spokesman, Eric…

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"Irish Church of Scientology revenues drop by 60%" - The Irish Times, August 2nd 2011

REVENUES HAVE plummeted at the Irish branch of the controversial Church of Scientology, which remains deep in the red.

Membership of the worldwide church, established in 1954, includes movie stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

However, documents show that interest-free loans from abroad are propping up the Irish branch, which is more than €688,000 in the red in its latest accounts.



According to financial documents lodged by the Church of Scientology Mission of…

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"Scientology's Dublin branch is on verge of being struck off" - The Mail on Sunday, June 26th 2011

THE Church of Scientology in Dublin could be struck off for failing to file company accounts, the Irish Mail on Sunday can reveal.



The Irish office has failed to file accounts for 2009, which were due in January 2010. Last year's accounts are now also late and a strike-off notice was sent to the church's directors on June 3. If accounts are not filed within two months, the church's assets will be transferred to the State.



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"The Appliance of Science" - Irish Sunday Mirror, March 20th 2011

SCIENTOLOGY bosses are trying to brainwash vulnerable people to get at their cash, an undercover Irish Sunday Mirror investigation reveals today.



We went behind the scenes at the secretive religion's four-hour long Personal Efficiency Course last week.



Our aim was to discover just what goes on inside what experts call the biggest cult in the world.



And our findings weren't pretty. Our reporter was told he was depressed, nervous, and unstable, and warned the only…

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"Scientology: Inside and Out" - The Irish Times, March 19th 2011

A recent campaign in Dublin advertised courses run by the Scientology movement. Members past and present tell Cian Traynor about their experiences of the organisation. Does it bring the promised prosperity, intelligence and freedom, or simply exploit the vulnerable?



‘When job security turns into insecurity,” ran a recent ad on the Dart, in Dublin, “attend a course in Scientology.” The accompanying photographs feature men and women looking stressed or dejected. The course advertised… Continue

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"The Celebrity Magnet 'Church' Ron Built" - The Irish Examiner, March 2011

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard would have been 100 on Sunday. He has left behind a controversial legacy, says Jonathan de Burca Butler



This Sunday, one hundred years ago, the founder of one of the world's most contoversial religions was born in Nebraska. L Ron Hubbard founded The Church of Scientology - an organisation which for the last 60 years of its existence has attracted criticism and praise in equally strong measure.



In recent years members such as Tom Cruise… Continue

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"Scientology Adverts Under Investigation by Ads Watchdog" - Sunday Times, March 6th 2011





Row over posters that claim sessions can tackle job insecurity as former member of church describes campaign as ‘misleading and offensive’



Complaints have been filed with the country’s advertising watchdog over a Church of Scientology campaign, which claims its courses can help with job insecurity.



The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) is investigating claims that the ads, appearing in Dublin’s train and Dart…

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"Church of Scientology Under Investigation for Slave Labour" - February 7th 2011

Members of an FBI task force on human trafficking have been investigating the Church of Scientology for over a year, according to an article in the New Yorker.



The New Yorker profile of ex-Scientologist writer/director Paul Haggis, responsible for movies such as Million Dollar Baby and Crash, paints a strange picture off what life as a prominent member of Scientology is like. One of the larger revelations involves the existence of an…

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"Scientology: mind control and empty pockets" - Ireland's Big Issue, November 8th 2010







Scientology is quite likely the most ruthless, litigious and the most lucrative cult ever, according to Samantha Bailie. (1638 Words) - By Samantha Bailie



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Lisa McPherson. Photo courtesy of Ireland's Big Issue


Just what is this 'religion' which boasts high profile members including Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Juliette…
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Anonymous announce October anti-Scientology protests

PRESS RELEASE



For Immediate Release



October 6th, 2010 - In the last month, the 'Church' of Scientology has made several alarming attempts to stifle criticism of its practices in the British Isles, whether from Welsh City Councillors[1], BBC documentaries… Continue

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The Irish Times on 'Panorama: Secrets of Scientology', October 2nd 2010

Going back for a second helping and relishing the dish that’s best served cold was Panorama’s John Sweeney, who in 2007 made a holy show of himself while making a documentary on Scientology. Then, the normally calm investigative reporter lost his temper and shouted with such in-your-face abandon at the Scientology spokesman that it became a YouTube sensation. This Panorama documentary was his revenge, and his… Continue

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"Russian court bans Scientology material" - Irish Sun, April 22nd 2010

Russia has decided to ban books and recordings by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.



The Hubbard books have been found by a Russian court to be extremist.



The distribution ban involves 28 books and video discs containing lectures by Hubbard, a US science fiction author who founded Scientology in 1954.



While the Church of Scientology is regarded in some countries as a church, or legitimate faith, in others it is thought to be a cult which tempts its members to part… Continue

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"Australian senate votes down call to probe Scientology" - Irish Examiner, March 19th 2010

AUSTRALIA’S Senate yesterday overwhelmingly rejected a call for an inquiry into allegations against the Church of Scientology, made by former members who claim to have been abused, harassed or coerced into having abortions.



Senator Nick Xenophon’s motion to authorise a senate committee to hold a wide-reaching inquiry into the church that was founded in 1953 by the late US science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard attracted only six votes in the 76-seat chamber. Another 33…

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Scientology and the criminalisation of blasphemy

There are many reasons why we protest Scientology. Their history of violating free speech, the processes they use to separate people from their family and their cash, the spreading of dangerous medical advice regarding mental health, etc. etc. And yet whenever confronted with these criticisms, which are backed up by abundant victim testimony and court cases decisions, the Scientology spokespeople respond with same tired refrain – “You are all religious bigots.” For an example of Scientology’s… Continue

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Human Rights Activists Celebrate 2009's Many Wins Against Scientology Cult

As 2009 comes to a close, the Scientology organization is reeling from another year of high-level defections, criminal convictions, journalistic exposes and books detailing the cult's criminal practices, and intense pressure from human rights activists. The Anonymous global network of human rights activists are keen to hold Scientology's leaders accountable for their crimes, which include organized fraud, human trafficking, kidnapping, obstruction of justice, and toxic waste… Continue

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"Scientology faces allegations of abuse and covering up deaths in Australia" - The Irish Times, November 19th, 2009

THE CHURCH of Scientology in Australia was last night defending itself from a scathing attack by a politician using parliamentary privilege.



In a senate speech late on Tuesday, independent south Australia senator Nick Xenophon said: “Scientology is not a religious organisation. It is a criminal organisation that hides behind its so-called religious beliefs.”



Mr Xenophon questioned Scientology’s tax exemption status and called for it to be investigated by the police and… Continue

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