FROM THE FILES OF THE FBI 322
FOUNDING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
2125 "S" STREET, NORTHWEST
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20008
L. Ron Hubbard
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rev. William M. Bromfield
Rev. Joel Morris
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20535
May 27, 1980
I would like to bring to your attention a final decision in an
international court case which you may have in your files.
Approximately two years ago a court in France convicted members of the
Church of Scientology on charges of fraud. The case was unprecidented
[sic] in that some of the people involved had never been to France and
were tried in absentia. The charges stemmed from a number of false
reports about the Church which were circulated around the world by
intelligence agencies in the United States and Interpol, the private
French police organization.
A few months ago the Appeals Court in France reversed the lower court
decision, dismissed all of the charges and formally declared Scientology
to be a religion under the meaning of the law in France.
I have included some material on this case for your Scientology files to
correct any earlier material you may have on the original convictions.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (202)
[signed[ Gregory Layton
Rev. Gregory Layton
Public Affairs Representative
The Founding Church of Scientology (R) is a non-profit organization
registered in the District Columbia