The Church of Scientology is Toronto was fined $250,000 of Friday
for spying on police and government agencies more than 15 years
Justice James Southey described the organization's actions as
"an insidious attack
that threatened the integrity of
two essential law-enforcement agencies."
It was convicted last June of two accounts of criminal breach
Two Scientology "spies" were also fined $2,000 each
and their "case officer" was handed a $5,000 fine.
The three were implicated in a Scientology ring that reached into
the RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto police, the attorney-general's
office, Revenue Canada, two law firms and medical associations
in the mid-1970s.
They infiltrated the agencies to find out how much authorities
knew about Scientology's activities.
Defense lawyer Clayton Ruby said he planned to appeal the convictions
and sentence, calling the prosecution a violation of the church's
"We don't think it's appropriate to fine this little church,"
Ruby said outside the courthouse.
Scientology spokesman Earl Smith termed the fine "outrageous.
Our innocent parishoners will have to pay for this."