Dutch paedophile club to be charged after all

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The Dutch Public Prosecutor has asked a lawyer to begin legal proceedings against an organisation that advocates the legalisation of paedophilia less than a month after ruling out any legal action.

In June, the Rotterdam Public Prosecutor concluded that the organisation, called Martijn, could not be prosecuted because it could not be held responsible for the offences committed by its individual members. The crimes of which they have been convicted or are still suspected were not committed, the Public Prosecutor then explained, within the organisation’s framework.

Speaking in a television programme on Saturday evening, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor said public concern had now increased to such an extent that it had become necessary to address the matter in a court of law. The Public Prosecutor, he added, has therefore approached lawyer Yme Drost to launch a special procedure that allows a court to force the Public Prosecutor to take legal action.

Mr Drost described the Public Prosecutor’s invitation as “curious”, saying “the Public Prosecutor’s office was urging him to lodge a complaint against its own decision”. But he added he accepted the invitation and would initiate what it is known as an Article 12 procedure.

The initial investigation was launched in December, partly in response to the support expressed by several Martijn members for a male homosexual couple accused of molesting dozens of children under the age of five at an Amsterdam day nursery where one of them worked. They are also suspected of raping some of the infants. The man working at the day nursery was himself a member of Martijn.

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