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Scientology anger over book ruling

The Independent, 24 June 1998

From chriso@lutefisk.demon.co.uk Mon Feb  1 17:39:09 GMT 1999


LEADERS OF the Church of Scientology and US officials yesterday
criticised a Swedish court ruling which will allow the public access to
the church's holiest book. 

The US-based church argues that the book is reserved for key members of
the religion and should be kept secret. 

It says international copyright laws should stop the unpublished
material from failing into the public domain. 

But after the court ruling last week, Swedes are now free to go to
places where the document is kept, such as the Swedish parliament, and
read the material. 

However, the church plans to fight the decision. It has launched a
campaign that involves its members borrowing the book constantly, thus
making it virtually impossible for anyone else to see it. 

Tarja Vulto, a church spokeswoman, said only 300 to 350 of the
religion's 8 million members had rightful access to the book. 

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