Child charity refuses Vlaams Blok Dutroux money

25th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 February 2004, BRUSSELS – Leading Belgian children's charity Child Focus said on Wednesday it would not accept a donation from a far-right Flemish politician who has written a book about suspected child murderer Marc Dutroux.

24 February 2004

BRUSSELS – Leading Belgian children's charity Child Focus said on Wednesday it would not accept a donation from a far-right Flemish politician who has written a book about suspected child murderer Marc Dutroux.

Gerolf Annemans, who is a member of parliament for the anti-immigration Vlaams Blok, said he would give Child Focus all of the proceeds from his book entitled 'Dutroux Too Much to Believe'.

The book's forward makes the same claim.

But Child Focus on Wednesday turned down the offer saying it had not been consulted about Annemans' intentions.

"Child focus was not told about this offer and regrets that it was not discussed," the organisation said in a statement.

"Although Child Focus was set up after the Dutroux affair, the organisation does not want to take a [political] stance on the affair or on the long-awaited trail," it added.

"While the centre, which is half financed by the authorities, is always looking for private sector funds, it has decided not to accept money that comes from people trying to directly or indirectly exploit the affair and children's' suffering," it continued.

The Dutroux trial opens in the Belgian city of Arlon on Monday (1 March).

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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