Avevamo già postato nei giorni scorsi un articolo tratto dal blog di Tony Ortega, in cui l’autore, grazie alla collaborazione di Jonny Jacobsen, giornalista britannico residente a Parigi, informava i lettori sulla decisione della Corte Europea dei Diritti dell’Uomo (CEDU) in relazione al ricorso presentato dalla Chiesa di Scientology dopo la sentenza di condannata in via definitiva delle due principali strutture francesi di Scientology, per “frode in banda organizzata”, nell’ottobre 2013.
A questo link l’articolo in cui s’informavano i lettori sul rigetto del ricorso da parte della CEDU https://favisonlus.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/la-corte-europea-dei-diritti-delluomo-cedu-respinge-il-ricorso-di-scientology-per-la-condanna-subita-in-francia-per-truffa-in-banda-organizzata/
Oggi lo stesso Jacobsen sul suo blog personale, ha ulteriormente approfondito la vicenda, evidenziando che il diritto francese prevede lo scioglimento di un’organizzazione che subisce per due volte una condanna e ricordando che sono attualmente in corso in Francia altre due indagini per presunte attività criminali che coinvolgono Scientology.
Di seguito si riporta per esteso il testo a firma di Jonny Jacobsen
The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed Scientology’s bid to challenge its convictions for organised fraud in France. A second such French conviction could threaten its very existence there. (1)
I confess I missed this one.
But then again, I don’t think Scientology put out a press release on it.
In other words, their case was such a non-starter the court did not even consider it necessary to gather a full bench to reject it.
And there’s no appeal.
“Being a Single-Judge decision, there is no decision available but only the letter that was sent to the applicants to inform them of this decision,” they explained.
In October last year France’s top court, the Cour de Cassation, rejected Scientology’s final bid to have the convictions quashed. In 2012, an appeal court had already confirmed the original 2009 convictions.
The reason this was was such a big deal of course, was that unlike previous Scientology convictions in France – and there have been a few – this time the organisation itself had been found guilty, not just a few key members.
When the Cour de Cassation handed down its ruling, effectively ending the legal battle inside France, Scientology made it clear they would take the case to the Strasbourg court.
In a statement, the movement even described that latest setback as an opportunity.
Now it could “…bring this affair before an international jurisdiction … where the legal debate can unfold in the legal domain, far from the pressures of the executive, in a dispassionate space sensitive to the respect of fundamental rights.”3
Beginning of the end?
For a guide to Infinite Complacency’s comprehensive coverage of the Paris fraud trial and convictions, see here.
1 This is a revised, extended version of the piece I filed at Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker on October 24: “Scientology had a big legal loss in Europe in June and we’re just now finding out about it”
2 For an idea of what their case was, at least as presented to the Cour de Cassation, France’s top court, see “An Impossible Defence”, elsewhere at this site.
3 “Porter l’affaire devant la cour européenne des droits de l’homme”, an October 16, 2013 release posted at the Scientologie Presse website. That reference to the “pressures of the executive” reflects Scientology’s repeated allegations that the government had put pressure on the judiciary to get these convictions – and to make sure they stuck.
4 Page 25 of the February 2, 2012 Appeal Court judgment.
5 Page 26 of the February 2, 2012 Appeal Court judgment.
6 Page 28 of the February 2, 2012 Appeal Court judgment.
7 “French prosecutors investigating claims that a company forced Scientology on workers”, at Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker, July 25, 2014.
8 For more on this case, see the piece I filed at Tony Ortega’s Underground Bunker on January 13, 2014: “New criminal case for Scientology in France could shut it down permanently in that country”
BY JONNY JACOBSEN
FONTE: INFINITE COMPLACENCY – VIOLENCE AND ABUSE IN SCIENTOLOGY