Dutch paedophile club banned

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A court in Assen has banned the paedophile association "Martijn". As a result the association has to disband immediately. The court has ruled that the verdict applies immediately and cannot be suspended pending any appeal by Martijn.

According to the court, Martijn advocates sexual contact between adults and children and this contravenes generally accepted norms and values in Dutch society.

The paedophile club promotes sexual contact with children, “That goes against the rule of law and infringes on the integrity of children. Dutch law should not allow any room for this to take place,” the judge explained. The judge concluded children are vulnerable and should therefore be protected.

The club’s chairperson Marthijn Uittenboogaard says the association will take the time to decide whether or not to appeal the verdict. An appeal must be lodged within three months.

The public prosecution welcomes the verdict and says the association’s website should be taken off the internet as soon as possible. Politicians in The Hague are pleased with the ban, although some expressed concern that paedophiles will be forced underground.

In 2006, Marthijn Uittenboogaard launched a political party which wanted to lower the age of consent for sex to 12 years old and to legalise child pornography. Officially it was called Party for Neighbourly Love, Freedom, and Diversity Partij voor Naastenliefde, Vrijheid en Diversiteit, by the courts.

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