A Paris court has convicted the Church of Scientology's French branch of fraud and fined it euro400,000 ($600,000) but stopped short of a ban on the group that was sought by prosecutors.
The court on Tuesday convicted four of six leaders of the group of organized fraud for pressuring members into paying large sums of money for questionable financial gain. It handed them suspended sentences of between 10 months and two years. The other two were given fines of euro1,000 and euro2,000.
The court did not order the group to shut down, ruling that it would be likely to continue its activities anyway, "outside any legal framework."
Prosecutors had requested that the group be dissolved in France and be fined euro2 million.