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Le Parisien, France

'Damning Testimony' from Former Scientology Leader


"I was unaware of the risks I was running; I could have killed someone …"


-- Roger Gonnet, former director of Scientology, Lyon, describing the reaction of one Scientology adherent to the Church's 'vitamin treatment'


By Anne-Cécile Juillet


Translated By L. McKenzie Zeiss


June 8, 2009


France - Le Parisien - Original Article (French)

Roger Gonnet, the former director of Scientology in Lyon, France, arrives at the 12th criminal court of Paris to testify against his former associates, June 8.


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It was a grueling morning for representatives of the Church of Scientology, on trial for organized group fraud since May 25. Monday morning before the 12th criminal court of Paris, they faced two witnesses called by the plaintiffs. All told, only two witnesses, but two witnesses that both inflicted historic destruction on the movement, which they described bluntly as a "cult": Jean-Pierre Brard, former National Assemblyman from the French Communist Party who represented Seine-Saint-Denis, and above all, Roger Gonnet, director of the Scientology center in Lyon. They didn't mince words, being accustomed to the judicial proceedings that Scientology and other movements have become accustomed to. 




Called to the stand first, Jean-Pierre Brard has been on every parliamentary commission of inquiry on the subject since 1995. "Scientology is one of the most dangerous sects, the most effective and the most out for financial gain," he attacked at the outset. It has two goals, according to him: "Power and money. Money to gain power and power to gain money." Presiding judge, Sophie-Hélène Château, wanted details, especially when Brard claimed that Scientology makes the process of its decision-making and finances opaque: "It is like a drainage system," he illustrated. "We don't see all the little underground channels, but it functions very well, and the water always arrives safe and sound," meaning, to the American parent organization.




The real details, however, came from the second witness to appear before the tribunal, Roger Gonnet. For eight years during the 1990s, Roger Gonnet directed the Scientology center in Lyon, until a disagreement with his superiors led him to a complete break with the organization. Since then, he has continued investigating and tracking the activity of his former movement, of which he knows the precepts, has read all the rules, and can decipher developments. On the witness stand, with an assortment of supporting documents, he systematically decoded the terms of the Scientologist and reviewed the central questions before the court. The most notable of these was the "personality test," which is the first encounter with Scientology for future recruits.


One of the plaintiffs, Aude-Claire Malton [who spent €21 500 in two months], responded well to this "free analysis" concocted by Scientology, who thus recruited her. "It's totally rigged," explained the former adherent, "the results are calculated in such a way that you have no chance of your test not being criticized." A sales pitch follows: To improve, you must take their courses, and therefore pay. "It’s an essential tool for bringing in people," assured Roger Gonnet, smashing allegations from previous witnesses last week, who minimized the test’s impact.




Next, the purification treatments. This is one of the first stages to be crossed in the process of "clearing" the future, that is to say the future as it is recognized by Scientologists. It consists of an intensive mixture of saunas, physical activity and the taking of vitamins - sold exclusively by the Scientology pharmacy. Recalling the case of one follower who was allergic to the required products, the former Scientology director, who has no training in medicine, conceded, "I was unaware of the risks I was running; I could have killed someone …" The Judge closely sifted through the prices that were charged, "which were labeled donations in order to give it a religious air," according to Gonnet.  



[Editor's Note: In Scientology, 'clearing' is a condition in which a person is free of the unwanted influences, unwanted emotions or painful traumas that are not readily available to the person's awareness].




Next it was the turn of the electrometer, that tool used to capture, by means of electrical variations, the mental state of a follower, sold for about €5000, "which is worth twenty times less, but which ensures a lifetime income, since every two years, each scientologist, who must have one, has to send it in for €800 worth of maintenance." 



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The remuneration of active members, finally: "Their pay is calculated based on their results, which they must continually improve. Sometimes even some of the directors that you see there [the witness referred to Alain Rosenberg, the current director of the Celebrity Center - (leader of the Church of Scientology in France)] don't declare to the home office all reimbursement requests they receive - for one simple reason. For each reimbursement, the entire active membership is deprived of wages for a given time …"


Seated alongside one another, the seven defendants lifted their eyes to they sky from time to time, sighed or looked indignant. The testimony of this "apostate" could have little value in their eyes. The parade of witnesses, called by the defense this time, would continue on Tuesday. There are nearly thirty.












































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