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Another Anonymous Hate Group Member Sentenced in Crime Against New York Scientology Church

Another member of the hate group Anonymous, Jacob Speregen,  was sentenced today in New York City Criminal Court in connection with a January 8, 2009, attack on the Church of Scientology of New York. (People vs. Almahadin, Mahoud; Criminal Docket 2009NY007516). In 2009, Speregen accompanied another member of Anonymous, Mahmoud Almahadin, who ... | Full Story >>

Anonymous Hate Group Member Sentenced for Attack on Scientology Websites

banner=0 On Monday, May 24, 2010, Los Angeles Federal District Judge Gary Allen Feess sentenced Brian Thomas Mettenbrink of Grand Island, Nebraska, to 12 months in federal prison and a $20,000 restitution fine for engaging in a cyberattack in January 2008 on Church of Scientology websites (CR No. 09-1149-GAF).  Mettenbrink is a member of the hate group... | Full Story >>

"Anonymous" Hate Group Member Sentenced in Crime Against New York Scientology Church

A member of the hate group Anonymous, Mahoud Samed Almahadin, aka Matt Connor, was sentenced today in New York City Criminal Court in connection with a January 8, 2009, attack on the Church of Scientology of New York. (People vs. Almahadin, Mahoud; Criminal Docket 2009NY00410). Almahadin smeared himself with a mixture of Vaseline, nail clippings and... | Full Story >>

Church of Scientology International and Religious Technology Center Win in Court Against Former Member

U.S. District Judge rules in favor of Church of Scientology affirming religious nature of the work of Scientology staff.On April 2, 2010, the United States District Court granted a motion by the Church of Scientology International (ʺCSIʺ) and Religious Technology Center (ʺRTCʺ) dismissing a claim for alleged violations of federal and state labor... | Full Story >>

Final Judgment of European Court of Human Rights Defends Religious Freedom

The judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of religious associations of the Church of Scientology in Surgut and Nizhnekamsk is final. On October 1, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights delivered the judgment in the cases NN 76836/01 and 32782/03 in favor of the Churches of Scientology of Surgut and Nizhnekamsk. The final judgment... | Full Story >>

The Church of Scientology Recognized as Public Benefit Charity in Spain

Church of Scientology of Spain The Spanish Tax Agency has recognized the Church of Scientology of Spain as a social non-profit organization, granting a certificate of recognition in Madrid on November 30, 2009. Since the founding of the first Church of Scientology in 1954, Scientologists have been actively involved in the improvement of their communities and society and have received... | Full Story >>

Church of Scientology of Moscow: Decision In European Court of Human Rights Now Law

Confirmation of Scientology's Religious Bona Fides by the Highest Court in Europe.The landmark European Court of Human Rights decision affirming the religious rights of Scientologists throughout Europe has now become law.   The court denied the Russian government's application for review of its April 5 decision in favor of the Church of Scientology... | Full Story >>

Landmark Church of Scientology of Moscow Decision In European Court of Human Rights Now Final

banner=0 Confirmation of Scientology's Religious Bona Fides by the Highest Court in Europe.The unanimous decision by the European Court of Human Rights in favor of the Church of Scientology of Moscow issued on April 5, has now become final.  That decision overturned the Moscow City government's refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as... | Full Story >>

Church of Scientology Decision Protecting Religious Freedom in European Court of Human Rights

Today, the European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously in favor of two Scientology religious groups in Russia, finding that they have the right to be registered as religious organizations under Russian law. This decision determines that members of the Church of Scientology of Surgut and the Church of Scientology of Nizhnekamsk have the right to... | Full Story >>