03-03-08

Kindermisbruik Jersey


Kindermisbruik: Zandvoort-Madeira-Jersey

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In een oud schoolgebouw op het eiland Jersey (nabij Normandië) heeft de politie een schedel en beenderen van kinderen gevonden die er ten gevolge van folteringen en sexueel misbruik zijn overleden. Er zijn inmiddels al 160 slachtoffers van sexueel misbruik bekend. De overheid had deze zaak, waarbij ook een senator was betrokken, eerst dichtgedekt maar de ontdekking van de schedel en de beenderen maakten het verder toedekken van het schandaal voorlopig onmogelijk.
Dat bewijst dat dergelijke zaken niet alleen in België in de doofpot worden gestopt.

Om de zaak voorgoed in de doofpot te laten verdwijnen, kan de 'Chief Minister' van Jersey misschien best contact opnemen met de doofpotspecialisten in België. Die zullen hem kunnen adviseren hoe hij het best te werk kan gaan.

Een mogelijke werkwijze:
1) Begin met een ernstig onderzoek en laat de slachtoffers, via de media, uitgebreid aan het woord
2) Trek de getuigenissen van de slachtoffers vervolgens in twijfel door een groep 'believers' en een groep 'non-believers' te creëren die men via de media met elkaar laat discussiëren
3) Verwijder systematisch de serieuze rechters en onderzoekers en vervang ze door meer controleerbare mensen
4) Richt eventueel een parlementaire onderzoekscommissie op om de bevolking hoop te geven en te sussen en laat dat parlementair onderzoek een paar jaar aanslepen om iederéén te vermoeien
5) Begin met het selecteren van de verdachten. Haal de eventueel betrokken politici of beleidsverantwoordelijken er uit
6) Laat het gerechtelijk 'onderzoek' enkele jaren aanslepen en steek alles wat het imago van Jersey kan schaden in een apart dossier. Lastige verklaringen en bewijsstukken doet men gewoonweg verdwijnen
7) Beloof de politie en de justitie te zullen hervormen en benoem de voorzitter van de parlementaire onderzoekscommissie tot justitieminister 8) Zorg dat er veel internationale mediabelangstelling is voor het proces
9) Veroordeel een paar zware kindermisbruikers en geisoleerde perverten tot levenslang en laat de meer respectabele kindermisbruikers ongemoeid
10) Leg de slachtoffers, hun familieleden, hun advocaten en mogelijke actievoerders meedogenloos het zwijgen het op. Beschuldig ze bijvoorbeeld zelf van kindermisbruik of pak ze op het 'bezit van kinderporno'.
11) Verwijs de eis van de slachtoffers om schadevergoeding aan de in gebreke gebleven overheid, naar de prullenmand
12) Richt een soort 'Child Focus' op dat het kindvriendelijk karakter van het eiland Jersey onderstreept.

De vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven acht het niet uitgesloten dat er foto's van de sexueel misbruikte en/of doodgefolterde jongeren uit de school te Jersey, op de cd-roms van de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort zijn terechtgekomen die door de Werkgroep aan het parket van Turnhout en procureur Bourlet (zaak Dutroux) werden overgemaakt maar nooit onderzocht werden.

Zoals geweten, werd Marcel Vervloesem van de vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven voor de afgifte van het materiaal wel gedurende 10 jaar lang voor 'pedofilie' en het 'bezit van kinderporno' vervolgd terwijl de voormalige justitieminister Laurette Onkelinx (Parti Socialiste) de hele kinderpornozaak met de -volgens een rapport van de federale politie 88.539 slachtoffertjes- glimlachend afdeed als een 'individueel dossier'.

Bovendien bevestigde de Hoge Raad voor de Justitie in haar brief van 21.2.2008 aan Marcel Vervloesem dat de 7 cd-roms met kinderpornomateriaal van de Werkgroep Morkhoven die de voormalige justitieminister Tony Van Parys (CD&V) destijds voor onderzoek aan procureur-generaal Christine Dekkers van het hof van beroep bezorgde, zoals tal van documenten uit het strafdossier van Marcel Vervloesem, gestolen zijn.

In een normaal democratisch land zou er een grondig onderzoek volgen naar de gestolen documenten en cd-roms maar in België is het stelen van dossiers en dossierstukken uit gerechtelijke dossiers een gewoonte en men start er pas een onderzoek als er niets verdwijnt of gestolen wordt. De Belgische pers en justitie die de Werkgroep Morkhoven en haar woordvoerder Marcel Vervloesem 10 jaar lang aan de hoogste schandpaal van het land probeerden te nagelen, hopen ongetwijfeld dat deze zaak tesamen met de schandalen die België al ruim 40 jaar lang regeren, zal vergeten worden. Ook van de Belgische politici die uitmunten in hun medeplichtig stilzwijgen en die het land in een diepe sociale, financiële en morele crisis hebben gestort, moet men niets verwachten. De weinige politici die het nog goed menen, moeten zoals Ecolo-parlementslid Zoé Genot immers ervaren dat hun parlementaire vragen niet meer beantwoord worden en dat ministers zoals Marc Verwilghen die voorzitter was van de Commissie Dutroux (VLD) er openlijk voor pleiten om de hele verkozen volksvertegenwoordiging in België af te schaffen.

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19:21 Gepost door Werkgroep Morkhoven in Actualiteit | Permalink | Commentaren (10) | Tags: jersey |  Facebook |

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Jersey care inquiry uncovers a shocking truth The biggest police investigation into child abuse within Jersey's care system started nearly two years ago.


For the first 12 months, detectives ran a covert operation, gathering information about potential victims and employees at the home.

Police also looked at links to the Jersey Sea Cadets, based in the capital, St Helier.

But when they made their investigation public last November, they were overwhelmed with the response, which focused inquiries on Haut de la Garenne.

More than 140 victims and witnesses contacted either the NSPCC or Jersey Police to tell how they had allegedly been beaten, sexually assaulted and raped. Some of the testimonies came from as far away as Australia.

Deputy Chief Officer Lenny Harper, who is leading the investigation, said police began to build up a picture of events at the home. Officers came to the conclusion that it was possible former workers might be involved.

The senior investigating officer said a list of 40 suspects had been drawn up, most of whom were employed at the home at some stage.

One former worker, Gordon Waterfield, 76, has been charged with indecently assaulting three girls, but police said he was not linked to the discovery of a body at the home at the weekend.

Mr Harper said the alleged abuse was thought to date as far back as the 1950s and took place in Haut de la Garenne until its closure in 1986. Children who complained in the 1940s and 50s about their treatment were not taken seriously, he said. But attitudes had changed.

After such a volume of responses, Mr Harper said they realised there may have been more sinister activity at the home.

"We got information from three different sources that there may well be human remains here," he said. "We realised we were going to have to come up and do an exploratory search of the home."

More than 10 per cent of the Jersey police force was drafted in, as well as specialists from England and Scotland.

Radar equipment and a sniffer dog were used in the search which began last Tuesday. On Saturday the 30-strong team uncovered the remains of the skeleton.

They are expected to spend at least another two weeks searching the property.

Although the inquiry is now the centre of national attention, a senior former minister said the Jersey government had done its best to cover it up.

Senator Stuart Syvret, 42, said he had been sacked as minister for health and social services last September after trying to speak about the "systematic and long term failure" of child protection.

He said he was alerted to the issue a year ago by members of the public.

Mr Syvret said: "This is the worst thing to happen on this island.

"We are looking at the last six decades - since the end of the Second World War - at instances of abuse on vulnerable children, children in care. This has been swept under the carpet - it just doesn't get any worse."

Mr Syvret pointed out that Mr Harper was from Northern Ireland, while Chief Officer Graham Power is from North Yorkshire. He said: "If the current police force was indigenous, none of this [search] would have happened."




By Caroline Gammell in St Martin, Jersey
Last Updated: 3:36am GMT 26/02/2008


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Memories of former Jersey care home children Case Study: Pamela

Pamela, now 49, told how she was given large doses of valium and sexually abused on dozens of occasions at Haut de la Garenne.

She claimed she was stripped naked and locked in a 10 sq ft "punishment" cell, often for days at a time, for the smallest misdemeanour.

Pamela said boys and girls would be offered cigarettes and drink in return for carrying out sex acts.

She recalled "constant" building work in the cellar - the focus of the police investigation - and how she would wake up with bruises on her body.

"The things that happened there are indescribable - the most cruel, sadistic and evil acts you could think of," she said.

"What makes it worse is that these acts were practised on very vulnerable and often troubled children who had nowhere to go and nobody to turn to for help.

"I remember one of the men who abused me being a big man who smelled sweaty and was often drunk. He touched me and I tried to fight him off.

"My most vivid memory is the 'punishment room'. I was sent there if I slipped up in any way - not eating all of my dinner, looking at one of the staff in a funny way, any excuse they could find.

"The room was about three metres wide and four metres long and had a foam mattress and single window with no curtain in it."

Pamela was sent to the home at 13 because her mother had a history of violence towards her.

She started self-harming in an attempt to stop the abuse, slashing both sides of her face with a razor.

"We all knew what was going on. There was nothing we could do for each other."

Case study: Cyril Turner

The 48-year-old father of four went to Haut de la Garenne at 13 and stayed for a couple of weeks before escaping through a window.

A trouble-maker who refused to go to school, he was sent to the home alongside 20 boys and about a dozen girls

"There were a lot of kids and there were always rumours that someone had run away. People tried to all the time.

"We were told a lot of them had run off and emigrated, which looking back was a bit odd."

Mr Turner said the regime at the home was tough.

"There were two staff there in particular that I was terrified of.

"There were a couple of people there who seemed as if they wanted to help us but others who definitely didn't.

"We were quite often given dead arms and dead legs by the staff. I remember being frog marched around the place. If you were bad, you would get locked in a dark room with just bread and water."

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Case study: Peter Hannaford

The 59-year-old, a union official for the Transport and General Workers' Union, is one of 150 alleged victims who has come forward to tell of his traumatic childhood.

He said his earliest memories were of being sexually assaulted.

"Boys and girls were abused while I was there," he said. "The abuse was anything from rape and torture. It was men and women who abused us.

"It happened every night and it happened to everyone. I was scared to go to bed. You were threatened with punishment if you said anything, which could have been a whip or anything.

"The building has got to be erased from the ground and from people's memories."

Mr Hannaford, who was orphaned and spent 12 years in and out of the home, said he could not remember the names of his tormentors, having blocked out the pain of what happened.

"I can remember the name of every teacher that ever taught me, but my mind seems to have blocked the abusers' names out of my memory."


Last Updated: 2:39am GMT 27/02/2008

Gepost door: Werkgroep Morkhoven | 03-03-08

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Jersey care home 'had shackles and trapdoor'
A trapdoor leading down to a windowless room holding a single chair, and shackles were discovered during the refurbishment of the care home at the centre of the Jersey child abuse scandal, it has been claimed.

The sinister findings were allegedly uncovered four years ago when the property Haut de la Garenne in the east of the island was converted into a youth hostel after lying empty for 18 years.

Police teams have been forced to suspend their searches over fears the structure may collapse.

The building, where a human skull was unearthed on Saturday, is the subject of an intense police search operation amid fears that the bodies of up to seven children could be buried there.

Two builders working on the site spoke of the alleged finds but the shackle claim was strenuously denied by a Jersey government source.

Robert Boutillier, one of the builders working at the home said: "We found some things that would send a chill down your spine.

"We found some shackles lying around the grounds.
"I picked them up. They were heavy shackles mounted on a wooden block. It was gruesome.
"We also found a pile of about five large canes. They had been removed from inside the building."

Another builder from Houze Construction, who did not want to be named, said: "It was spooky, I felt like the place was haunted.

"There were shackles lying around. God knows what else was in there, I shudder to think.

"In one room there was a trapdoor leading down to this room which was pitch black. Inside was just this chair. I felt sick."

But a government source insisted: "Nothing of that nature at all was found at the site."

Police teams have focused on the home's bricked-up cellar but were forced to suspend work over fears the structure may collapse. But forensic specialists will return to the scene on Wednesday.

News of the alleged findings came as child abuse offences – and claims that they were covered up - were linked to the island's top public school and another Jersey care home.

Maths teacher Andrew Jervis-Dykes was jailed in April 1999 for indecently assaulting six pupils at Victoria College who he plied with alcohol then abused in their beds during Naval Combined Cadet Force yachting trips between 1984 and 1993.

According to an independent report into the case, allegations about Jervis-Dykes surfaced in 1992 then again in 1994. Both times, the school's headmaster Jack Hydes failed to notify the police or investigate further, the report said.

Former chief education officer of Buckinghamshire, Stephen Sharp, who conducted the inquiry, said Mr Hydes instructed his staff not to discuss the allegations.

He accused Mr Hydes and his deputy Piers Bakers – who was in charge of pupils alongside Jervis-Dykes on one yachting trip - of putting the interests of the college and supporting a colleague above protecting its pupils. The pair subsequently resigned from the school.

"If the correct procedure had been followed, it is most likely that Jervis-Dykes would have been suspended and perhaps arrested in 1992," Mr Sharp said.

Senator Stuart Syvret, who is highly critical of the Jersey government's record on child protection, accused officials of sweeping the issue under the carpet and demanded to know why the report had been kept secret.

"The reaction of the political establishment was to sweep this under the carpet and keep the veneer of respectability.

"This is just another example of concealment and cover up. They did the bare minimum, prosecuted one perpetrator."

The Education Minister Senator Mike Verbert said the headteacher and deputy had been punished by dismissal. He defended keeping the report private: "The decision not to publish the report was taken to protect those children."

Mr Syvret said he would write to Justice Minister Jack Straw later this week to ask for independent judges to oversee any possible prosecution in relation to Haut de la Garenne.

"I am going to ask him - in relation to the current child protection controversy – to appoint independent judges and prosecution," he said.

Mr Syvret claimed there was evidence of abuse at schools and care homes across the island.


By Caroline Gammell, Aislinn Simpson and Lucy Cockcroft in St Martin, Jersey
Last Updated: 2:41am GMT 27/02/2008

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Jersey care home victim gets sinister warning
A victim of the Jersey child abuse scandal has told of receiving a sinister warning from a former childcare worker who told him not to “dredge up” the past.

The 38-year-old, called Steve, spent his entire childhood in the Haut de la Garenne children’s home where more than 160 former residents now claim to have been raped and tortured.
 

Although it is more than 20 years since he left the home – where he was sexually assaulted from the age of eight onwards – and no longer lives on the island, Steve was disturbed at the ease with which the former childcare worker was able to get a message to him via one of his friends.

"This person had suggested I have a good life, a very good job, a family, I've left the island, it's all in the past and that dredging it up won't help matters - it will cause more problems," he said.

"I said I'd already spoken to the police about it and she said 'well I know that' but if they speak to me again, certainly about the remains it would be in my best interests to say: 'I’ve told you all I know and keep a low profile'."

Detectives investigating decades of child abuse at Haut de la Garenne and at several other Jersey institutions said they would take "very seriously" any allegations of attempts to silence victims.


Steve spoke out as another former resident revealed that two of his friends had hanged themselves after being raped at the home, and another had died while in the sick bay.

Yesterday, police continued to clear debris from one of three cellars underneath the building, in the belief that they may find more bodies following the discovery of a child's skull last weekend.

A bath and a set of shackles have been found in the cellar, corroborating victims' accounts of being held prisoner there while they waited to be abused.

Steve, who now works in IT, said he was abused not only by staff but by other children.

"When I was eight I was cornered one day. I thought I was in with the gang but I was grabbed and stripped of my clothes and told to have sex with this girl who was about 15 years old," he said.

"Of course I couldn't because I was too young but I had to pretend. If I didn't they'd whip me with stinging nettles and chuck stones at me."

On another occasion, he said, the staff took the children into a field in their pyjamas and "we were chased around the field by a staff member with a bamboo cane and when he caught up with you he'd whip you.

"At the end of it all my pyjamas were ripped, I had cut back legs and could barely breathe and I remember one of the staff said 'this isn't right'."

He said Haut de la Garenne was split into four different sections: 'Aviemore' for the babies and younger children; 'Dunluce' for the older children; 'Claymore' for 'normal' youngsters who behaved and 'Baintree', the cellar area where the children who misbehaved lived.

"As a child I'd hear the other kids talk about it," he said. "They'd say if you're naughty be careful you'll end up down there in 'Baintree'."

He claimed that he told a teacher about the abuse he suffered and, once the home closed, a probation officer, both nothing was done about his allegations.

Another victim, Carl Denning, 49, said he was sexually abused at the home from the age of five until the age of eight, during which time two of his friends hanged themselves.

"What happened to him behind the locked door of the cell was so bad he couldn't live with it.

"The suicides were never spoken of. No one saw the police turn up to investigate them.

"If you asked, the staff would just say, 'It's been dealt with'. It was as if they had just been swept under the carpet."

Mr Denning, who is now a married father of four and lives in Caernarvon, North Wales, claimed the abuse was widespread.

"We used to hear the screaming and banging going on," he said.

"The memory of the sounds has haunted me ever since. We all suffered at the hands of these people, so we knew what the noises meant, but couldn't do anything to help.

"Nights were a fearsome time. I was often too terrified to sleep. You would feel one of the carers climb into your bed and knew what would happen next."


By Aislinn Simpson and Gordon Rayner in St Martins, Jersey
Last Updated: 2:18am GMT 01/03/2008

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CDA Publieksvoorlichting Met de Nederlandse overheid kan men nog communiceren...

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Geachte heer, mevrouw ,

Hartelijk dank voor uw mail van 5/3/08 met het onderwerp Kindermisbruik op Jersey. Deze mail is geregistreerd onder het nummer 103280.

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Onvergeeflijk Dat kindermisbruiken door de Belgische of Engelse overheid en politici onder het tapijt worden geveegd, is onvergeeflijk.

Waar blijft hun zogezegde bezorgdheid voor de kinderen als zij toelaten dat kinderen jarenlang misbruikt worden en zij niets ondernemen om de misbruikers en moordenaars op te sporen en te vervolgen ?

Men zou eigenlijk eerder stellen dat zij het leven van die kinderen niets waard vinden.

Er zijn immers niet alleen de kinderen die overlijden of door folteringen en mishandelingen levenslang gehandicapt zijn.
Nog talrijker zijn de kinderen wiens leven voorgoed gebroken is geweest en die er nooit meer in geslaagd zijn om een gelukkig gezin op te bouwen.

Het jarenlange kindermisbruik op Jersey waarbij zelfs een senator was betrokken, bewijst tevens dat zij die het meest de mond vol hebben over kinderrechten en de bestrijding van kindermisbruik, juist diegenen zijn die het minst om kinderen geven.

Vandaar dat het kindermisbruik en de kindermoorden in de zaak Dutroux enkel aan een 'éénzame pervert' werden toegeschreven en iederéén die aantoonde dat dit verhaal niet klopte, met alle middelen het zwijgen kreeg opgelegd.

Vandaar dat alles wat bepaalde politici of overheden in opspraak kon brengen, in een apart dossiertje (Dutroux Bis) werd ondergebracht dat zonder onderzoek werd afgesloten.

Vandaar ook dat de cd-roms met kinderpornomateriaal die de vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven aan het Belgische Koningshuis werden overhandigd, op het hof van beroep te Antwerpen werden gestolen en er zelfs geen onderzoek naar deze diefstal wordt geopend.

Het is eigenlijk onbegrijpelijk dat het Belgische Koningshuis en de voormalige minister van justitie Tony Van Parys (CD&V) die de overdracht aan procureur-generaal Christine Dekkers regelde, dit zwijgend toestaan en doen of hun neus bloedt.

Normaal zou men toch verwachten dat Van Parys en het Belgische Koningshuis een onderzoek eisen naar deze diefstal.

En het ziet er niet naar uit dat er met deze Interimregering of de toekomstige Belgische regering veel zal veranderen op dit gebied.

In oktober 2006 maakte onze voorzitter Jan Boeykens een Open Brief met 30 processen-verbaals aan de Antwerpse procureur-generaal Christine Dekkers over. In deze processen-verbaals stonden de zedenfeiten van een zekere Victor V. met kinderen en minderjarigen beschreven.
Victor V. is een gemeenteraadslid voor de Sp.a te Herentals.
In plaats van op te treden, laat men Victor V. echter gewoon verder in de gemeenteraad en de politieraad zetelen.
Dat voorbeeld zegt genoeg.

En de pers dan, zullen vele burgers zich afvragen.
De Vlaamse pers kreeg een copie van de Open Brief met de 30 processen-verbaals aan procureur-generaal Christine Dekkers die sinds kort op pensioen is gegaan.
Maar zoals zij ook met de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort heeft gedaan, blijft zij deze zaak mee toedekken en helpt zij de kindermisbruikers dus beschermen...

Het klinkt vreemd maar dat zijn nu éénmaal de feiten.

Gepost door: Werkgroep Morkhoven | 05-03-08

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Dutroux-Zandvoort-Jersey Ik ben er zeker van dat de regering van Jersey afgezakt is naar de Belgische ambassade om te weten hoe zij het best dit schandaal kunnen dichtdekken.

De misbruikte kinderen komen immers slechts op de tweede plaats. Men wil op de eerste plaats voorkomen dat er geen politieke koppen vallen en dat de 'respectabele' senator die bij het kindermisbruik was betrokken, niet post-mortum in opspraak komt. Men wil natuurlijk ook voorkomen dat het schandaal negatieve gevolgen zou kunnen hebben voor de touristische industrie van Jersey.

Dichtdekken dus. Alle middelen zijn welkom om deze zaak dicht te dekken en waar kan men beter terecht dan in België om te weten wat men moet doen ?

Mijn persoonlijk voorstel aan de regering van Jersey:

a) laat eerst de slachtoffers zoveel mogelijk aan het woord
b) start nadien een maandenlange discussie via de pers met de vraag of de slachtoffers wel moeten geloofd worden
c) maak iedere speurder die zijn werk serieus neemt, monddood en laat alleen de betrouwbare speurders aan het werk
d) snoer protesterende politici, advocaten, slachtoffers, familieleden of eventuele actievoerders de mond
e) beschuldig ze bijvoorbeeld zelf van kindermisbruik en nagel ze aan de schandpaal
f) doe dat via de media, daar dient de media tenslotte voor
g) start eventueel een politieke onderzoekscommissie en maak er een mediaspectakel van tot de mensen het schandaal beu worden
h) stop alle lastige verklaringen en bewijzen die aantonen wie er verantwoordelijk was voor het kindermisbruik in een apart gerechtsdossier dat ten gepaste tijde kan afgesloten worden
i) om geen sporen achter te laten, kan men, zoals de Belgische justitie dat in de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort heeft gedaan, de lastige dossierstukken misschien zelfs beter doen verdwijnen
j) start pas na enkele jaren een proces tegen de verdachten
k) richt een centrum zoals het Belgische Child Focus op en geef dat een europees of internationaal karakter om het imago van Jersey te herstellen
l) kondig een aantal hervormingen van politie en justitie aan indien het nodig moest zijn om de bevolking te sussen
m) begin niet te panikeren en laat u voortdurend adviseren door de Belgische specialisten op het terrein...

Gepost door: Jef Aerts | 07-03-08

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Doofpot Jersey Het valt onmiddellijk op hoe de franse pers, zoals de Belgische pers in de zaak Dutroux voortdurend heeft gedaan, een discussie tussen 'believers' en 'non-believers' probeert los te wekken rond het kindermisbruik op Jersey.
Bedoeling is ervoor te zorgen dat men zich tenslotte afvraagt: 'wat moeten we er nog van geloven'.

De Engelse pers daarentegen is veel correcter en probeert de feiten weer te geven en de slachtoffers van het kindermisbruik te respecteren.

De 'Chief Minister' van Jersey die een aantal kranten ter zijner beschikking heeft, probeert zoveel mogelijk mensen te vinden die publiekelijk willen getuigen dat zij 'nooit misbruikt' zijn geweest.

Gepost door: Werkgroep Morkhoven | 09-03-08

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Famous Belgians We reach Liege by train. Liege, in Wallonia, is a city associated with a river, industry, churches and ....MAIGRET's author Georges Simenon.

"OK," says Myrianne, in the cafe called Vaudree II, "A quiz about famous Belgians."


"Who is Andre Cools?"

"Belgian rock singer?"

"In 1991, Belgium's former deputy prime minister, Andre Cools, announced that he was about to make some revelations about the mafia and their links to some of the most important people in Liege."

"SO?"

"Cools was shot dead. Before he could speak out."

"How's your beer?"

Gepost door: Jefferson | 22-03-08

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Died of starvation or buried alive ? Belgian Man Is Convicted Of Raping and Killing Girls

By CRAIG S. SMITH
Published: June 18, 2004

A Belgian jury on Thursday convicted a former electrician of kidnapping, raping and killing girls eight years ago, ending an agonizing 16-week trial and closing the book on one of the most disturbing criminal cases in the country's history.

Marc Dutroux, 47, faces a life sentence for the abduction, abuse and deaths of four girls, two of whom were apparently drugged, wrapped in plastic and buried alive. The other two died of starvation in an underground chamber where he left them while serving a three-month sentence for car theft.

Mr. Dutroux was also found guilty of kidnapping and raping two girls who survived. Their testimony and their return with the jury to the dungeon where they had been held provided the most dramatic moments of the trial.

On Thursday, Mr. Dutroux's former wife, Michelle Martin, was convicted of imprisoning the abducted girls and of rape. She faces as many as 35 years in prison. Also convicted of kidnapping was Michel Lelièvre, 33, whom prosecutors described as Mr. Dutroux's ''faithful companion.'' He also could be sentenced to 35 years. Sentencing will take place next week.

''A page has turned,'' Louisa Lejeune, the mother of one of the victims told reporters. ''It's recognition'' of what happened, she said, ''and that comes as a relief.''

While Mr. Dutroux's trial is over, it will take years to wash away the stain the case has left on Belgium's police and judicial systems, which fumbled it so badly that many people said they believed there was a high-level effort to protect him from prosecution.

Mr. Dutroux had been imprisoned previously for raping young women and was under police surveillance at the time of the later abductions.

Police officers raided his house in 1995 after an informant told them of the dungeon he had dug there to keep girls. Though they could hear screaming -- probably from the 8-year-olds, Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo, who both later died -- the police accepted Mr. Dutroux's explanation that the sound was coming from children playing in the street.

Later, the prosecutor, whose investigation finally freed the last two girls Mr. Dutroux abducted, was hounded by death threats and was eventually taken off the case.

Mr. Dutroux then briefly escape in 1998.

In March, as the trial was starting, a key that fit his handcuffs was found hidden in a container of salt in a cupboard near his prison cell.

Mr. Dutroux fed the conspiracy theories by contending he was part of a pedophile ring that supplied girls for wealthy clients. No evidence of a wider ring was ever found.

The man who Mr. Dutroux said led that ring, Michel Nihoul, was acquitted Thursday of all charges of complicity in the abductions after the jury initially delivered a hung verdict. However, it found him guilty of dealing drugs, peddling false documents and trading in stolen vehicles.

Mr. Nihoul faces up to 20 years in prison.

The case shocked Europe with its brutality and led to an anxious public debate on pedophilia and child abuse, subjects that had until then had received little media attention. The Belgian case was followed by high-profile cases of pedophilia in Britain, Portugal and France.

In Britain, the former caretaker of a school was sentenced to life in prison for the 2002 rape and murder of two 10-year-old girls. And in Portugal, a trial is pending for a former school guard and a handyman in the widespread abuse of children at a school for underprivileged and orphaned youth in the 1990's. In France, 17 adults have been charged with the abuse of as many as 18 children, though most of the accused have been released after conflicting testimony by one of those involved. Mr. Dutroux's crimes began when he kidnapped Ms. Lejeune and Ms. Russo near their homes in eastern Belgium in June 1995, three years after having been released from prison where he had served 3 years of a 13-year sentence for several rapes.

Two months after abducting Ms. Lejeune and Ms. Russo, Ms. Dutroux kidnapped An Marchal, 17, and Eefje Lambrecks, 19, from the Belgian coastal town of Ostend, where the young women were on vacation. Their bodies were found buried beneath a shed on Mr. Dutroux's property, and prosecutors said forensic evidence suggested that they had been buried alive.

When Mr. Dutroux was sentenced for car theft in December 1995, he instructed Ms. Martin, then his wife, to keep Ms. Lejeune and Ms. Russo locked in his dungeon and feed them. She testified that she was afraid to look into the chamber, though she continued to feed Mr. Dutroux's two dogs.

When Mr. Dutroux got out of jail he buried the girls in the backyard of one of his properties where an accomplice, Bernard Weinstein, was living. He later killed Mr. Weinstein and buried him in the yard as well.

Despite a police report that Mr. Dutroux was interested in abducting girls and a national campaign led by Ms. Marchal's father to find the four missing girls, Mr. Dutroux was able to kidnap Sabine Dardenne, then 12, in May 1996. She was held in the dungeon and raped as many as 20 times.

Mr. Dutroux kidnapped Laetitia Delhez, who was 14, in August that year. A witness to her abduction noted the license plate of Mr. Dutroux's van, leading to his arrest. The two girls were rescued days later.

Relatives of the dead girls welcomed the verdicts. ''I am happy,'' Paul Marchal, An's father, told a television station. ''They are guilty for everything that they have done.''

Gepost door: John Hall | 22-03-08

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