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Court bans paedophile group

Wednesday 27 June 2012

A Dutch foundation which campaigns for legalised sex between children and adults has been banned by a Dutch court after years of legal wrangling.

A civil court in Assen on Wednesday banned the paedophile lobby group Stichting Martijn with immediate effect, saying what the foundation does and says about the sexual contact between adults and children contravenes the accepted norms and values in Dutch society.

The foundation's wish to legalise paedophilia goes against the rule of law and the rights of children, the court said. 'The Dutch legal system should not give this position any room,' the Volkskrant quoted the judges as saying.


There have been several efforts to have the organisation banned in the past.

The public prosecution department said last year it could not ban the group, even though at least eight of its current and former officials have convictions for child abuse. Later the department decided to try to have the group disbanded in the civil courts and that campaign has now proved successful.

'Martijn relishes sex with children and regard this as normal and acceptable. That contracts the fundamental values in the Dutch legal system,' the court said.

Martijn was founded in 1982. It hit the headlines in 2007 after publishing pictures of crown prince Willem-Alexander's children on its website. It was ordered to remove them on a court order.

Founder and former chairman Ad van de Berg is currently in jail for child pornography offences.

© DutchNews.nl

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