Dutch paedophile group to discuss future
The paedophile group, , says it will discuss the organisation’s future at a members’ meeting scheduled to be held in December.
A spokesperson for the controversial group made the statement ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary debate about , which most MPs believe provides paedophiles with information on how to abuse children.
In parliament, Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said he would not use his discretionary powers to instruct the Public Prosecutors’ Office to prosecute under criminal law, as demanded by several MPs. The minister said that current legislation does not allow for the prosecution of an organisation on the basis of criminal acts committed by individual members of its executive.
Mr Opstelten told MPs to have faith in the Public Prosecutors’ Office. He said it “will do everything it can to make a case if such a case exists.” Meanwhile, the Public Prosecutors’ Office has asked a civil court to launch an investigation into .
The organisation argues it merely strives for the legal and social acceptance of sexual relationships between adults and children. However, several former members of its executive have been convicted of various sex crimes. None of these crimes have been directly linked to as an organisation.
The spokesperson said the club currently has 80 members, only a few of which are open about their membership. The organisation reportedly used to have about 650 members “before the introduction of the internet and the witch-hunt of the past few years”'.
Earlier this week, announced it was censoring its own website. Magazine covers and scans of old magazines were removed. Martijn said the move was prompted by “continuous attacks” regarding the photographs of naked children featured on the site.
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