Paedophile activists shun court case
7 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — The founders of the new Dutch paedophile party stayed away from a court hearing on Thursday about their use of the initials NVD.
7 June 2006
AMSTERDAM — The founders of the new Dutch paedophile party stayed away from a court hearing on Thursday about their use of the initials NVD.
Haarlem-based security firm NVD asked a judge in The Hague to grant an injunction to prevent the Naastenliefde, Vrijheid en Diversiteit party using the initials NVD. The name of the party means neighbourly love, freedom and diversity.
The firm said the use of NVD by the paedophile campaigners damages its reputation. Employees no longer want to wear the uniform with the NVD logo to avoid being associated with the highly controversial party. Lawyers argued it would be impossible for the firm to place the logo on premises it is protecting.
The security firm has also received threatening emails via its website from people who seem to think it is connected with the paedophiles. The court is to deliver its ruling on Friday.
At least one of the founders of the paedophile party has gone into hiding. Ad van den Berg, 62, left his caravan at the Kruininger Gors recreation park on Friday, a spokesperson for the park's owners, Molecaten Groep, said on Tuesday.
Van den Burg and two other men, Marthijn Uittenbogaard, 34, and Norbert de Jonge, 28, last week announced the launch of the NVD party to campaign for the legalisation of sex between adults and children aged 12 and above. The current age of consent is 16.
They are seeking support from 500 people to enable the party to be registered to contest the general election in May 2007.
News of the new party caused outrage in both the Netherlands and abroad. People staying on the campsite were among those to voice objections. The three men have received threats and this included serious threats directed at the campsite. "But we do understand the commotion and the emotion," the spokesperson said.
Van den Berg has not returned the media's calls for days.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news, paedophile party