Child abuse - Jersey stinks of Zandvoort



The Werkgroep Morkhoven' preliminary inquiry shows 90% possibilities that the "Aviemore" section has been the first Zandvoort studio for black & white photographs of baby rapes. 160 former boarders have testified of abuse at Haut de la Garenne. All leads to beleive some of the might be identified in the Zandvoort, which shows photographs of 90.081 victims, of which 70% a clearly criminal...


The "Jersey Industrial School" opened in 1867 in a three storey Victorian building; rue de la Pouclée-et-des-Quatre-Chemins, in St Martin, a small port of Jersey. It was aiming at welcoming 100 boarders from all parts of the island, which has no more than 118 square kilometres. It was an avant-garde project: the boys of Jersey would be able to follow primary school until they where 13, to become good farm and factory workers.

The school was renamed the "Home for Boys" in 1900 and offered its pupils carry on their schooling in a nearby naval training centre. Education was strict. Mothers would readily bring their children for a couple of days in the remanding wing, as punishment for having stolen a penny.

During the Second World War, the German army occupied the school as a signalling station. The level of the earth around the school was increased, in a way to block the ground floor windows, which became the cellar area, chopping of a storey from the Victorian building. The complaints of abuse were registered, but were not taken seriously and the islanders preferred to trust their local schools.

But St Martin had only around 3000 thousand inhabitants, and all its children, added to all Jersey’s orphans, only left 60 to fill the boarding school. The local girl’s school and the only crèche of the island where closed, the girls and the abandoned babies brought to the boys' school, which was rebaptised "Haut de la Garenne", French for upper rabbit warren.

The home was divided into four sections: 'Aviemore' for the babies; 'Claymore' for the young children; 'Dunluce' for the older ones and 'Baintree', the cellar area, where lived the "naughty children". It was the lower part of rabbit warren, which shows Marc Dutroux as an amateur.

Over 160 former boarders have complained of maltreatments on a period of 40 years, until the closure of the school in 1986. The staff would find any excuse to lock the children naked, in the total darkness of a "punishment cell", for hours, sometimes days. They were then taken to wash, having to lower the head, to pass through a small door that looked as that of a cupboard, but led to communal bath. The where dived in cold water, sometimes twenty at a time. They were then handcuffed and brought to one of the three joint torturing chambers, where the guests of the school's staff, sometimes foreigners, were waiting for them.

- “The things that happened there are indescribable - the most cruel, sadistic and evil acts you could think of”, said a former pupil.
- "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”, said another.

Patricia Thornton: "It's awful if it's true but I saw no evidence of it when I was there. "A former boarder, arrived at the age of 12, said a caretaker was waking him up at night, telling him: “there is someone to see you”. He was bringing him to Senator Krichefski and introduced him in these words: "Here's a boy for you, Sir".

Senator Krichefski was at the head of several Jersey government committees. He was founding managing director of ITV’s Channel Television and founder of the Jersey Progressive Party whose successors still run the island. The children called him the Fat Man and he has been going to Haut de la Garenne until he died in 1974. He would introduce himself to his victims saying: “I’m going to teach you to be a good boy. You’ve been wicked and no one wants you. Your parents don’t want you - that’s why you’re here.'

Patricia Thornton aged 85 and retired in 1973 said: "It's awful if it's true but I saw no evidence of it when I was there. I just find it difficult to believe that all these horrible things were going on and I knew nothing about it".

All the former pupils of Haut de la Garenne talk of children disappearing after having been snatched from their beds, of runaways who would have emigrated, which would only have been possible either by swimming, or with the help of a child trafficker. They also all talk of serial suicides, liable to be murders, which in any case leave the corps of a child as evidence. They talk of screaming and the banging they could hear from a room where a child was locked with adults. The next days, the child was found hanged at the branch of a tree. They beleive in suicides, but it is very unlikely that a child has the strength, after a night of torture, to find a rope, climb at a tree and, without trembling, make the necessary sliding node to hang himself.

Eight senior officials have been of the home staff, but none of them had seen anything abnormal. In 1974 one of them, Charles Smith said: "The remand wing at Haut de la Garenne is the only place, other than prison, for juveniles on remand. At the home there are only two detention rooms and you cannot just lock up children for long periods."

In 1981, the home employed 17 people, among which 2 part-time, for 40 children and was reported "uneconomical". In 1986, there were only 30 children left, which supposes 2 per sadist. The little door of the torturing cells was bricked-up and the school closed.

The fight to have the case inquired took 60 years and luckily went through, mainly thanks to Senator Stuart Syvret (44) then Minister for Health and a Social Affairs who was only advised of the Haut de la Garenne practices in 2006.

The police officer Lenny Harper had worked in Belfast, Glasgow and London before he arrived in the island. He was taking a relatively limited risk, since he planned to retire in September 2008. He started a discreet an inquiry in April 2006. He studied all the complaints for child abuse related to Jersey's institutions, comprising faults of procedure, having allowed alleged children rapists to escape from justice. Three monstrosities appeared.

The Victorian building had been abandoned, only used to featured as "Bureau des étrangers" in the television serial Bergerac. It was due to be transformed in a youth hostel, which has opened in 2004. The men working on the site found heavy shackles mounted on a wooden block. They could not be the only ones to be horrified, in such a small port. Yet, the authority failed to raise that it did not act of a normal school supply and the case was closed.

In parallel, a personality, which the press has not named, had prosecuted a Haut de la Garenne former boarder, under the charge of blackmail, for being threatened to be expose for having regularly abused him at the children's home. The alleged victim was condemned for blackmail in 2003, and the alleged rapist was treated as a victim, without having to answer any question. What strikes in this cynics, is that it has not been invented by Jersey, but by the Zandvoort network. The first case known was 1982, when Michel Krief had shown one of its French branches. The second case known was in 1992, when the leader the Werkgroep Morkhoven was on the traces of Belgian, Dutch and Portuguese branches.

The third scandalous Jersey case had happened Victoria College to whom the Haut de la Garenne was supplying young recruits. The maths teacher, Andrew Jervis-Dykes, was jailed in 1999 for indecently assaulting six pupils who he plied with alcohol then abused in their beds during Naval Combined Cadet Force yachting. He had pleaded guilt and was condemned to four years prison, as an isolated predator, as are all the members of the Zandvoort network, which includes Marc Dutroux.
But in Jersey, Stephen Sharp, a former chief education officer, had made a report, showing that Jack Hydes, headmaster of the naval school, had instructed his staff not to discuss allegations of child-abuse of the maths teacher, which had surfaced in 1992, then in 1994 and failed to notify the police. If the correct procedure had been followed, Jervis-Dykes would have been suspended and perhaps arrested in 1992. It would have protected six young recruits from being raped in 1999.

In June 2007, Senator Syvret asked the government why such a report had been kept secret. The Senator Verbert, Education Minister, answered the head-teacher and deputy had been punished by dismissal. The decision not to publish the report was taken to "protect those children".

Senator Syvret was not satisfied with the answer and exposed the report that been promised to make public. The government sacked him on 11 September 2007, following a vote of 'no confidence', betraying the exasperation of all the senior officials who becomes deaf, dumb and blind as they face the sexual exploitation of children.

Two months later, Officer Harper launched an international campaign to ask the former pupils of Haut de la Garenne if they ever noticed anything wrong. The answer was massive.

Eddy, the most famous British sniffer dog who spots the smell of death through concrete, had arrived. He traced the skull of a child, which was taken out of a cement cover on 23 February 2008. He has also smelled death through the bricked-up door, which hid the communal bath, the torture chambers and more shackles.

Senator Walker, Chief Minister, accuses Senator Syvret of incompetence, assuring he had "produced no evidence", as if the report had not been enough damning to show the cover-up of a scandal by senior officials.

There are 90% possibilities that Scotland Yard will identify former residents of Haut de la Garenne among the 90.081 victims of child pornography and acts of barbarism in Zandvoort file. Everything fits with its worst pictures: The forty years period of during which the crimes were committed, thus could explain the black and white photographs as well as ones in colour. Further more, the described perversity of the staff allow supposing that 'Aviemore' might have been a 'Zandvoort photo studio' because the places liable to provide so many black and white pictures of Northern babies as they are raped are rare.

Officer Harper will certainly inquire the possibility of meeting between the Senators Krichefski andBrongersma, Dutch member of the Zandvoort network, who used to buy pictures of such crimes. Both senators are of the same generation and of the same social class. Both had settled the same system of sexual exploitation of children in state institutions and obtained the same judicial dysfunctions, as everywhere the network passes.

Jersey is ideal for this kind of industry. It is an Anglo-Norman island, ruled by an oligarchy, neither part of the United Kingdom, nor the European Union, which enables it to avoid a lot of controls. It is paradise to evade taxes, offering a privileged holiday destination, discreet and unavailable without a solid bank account. St Martin is a port, like two other ports involved in the network: Zandvoort and Madeira. It is easier for children to "run off and emigrate".

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Jersey, Dutroux and cover-ups Saturday, March 1, 2008

In 1990, two part-time members of staff at the Blanche Pierre care home on Jersey alerted the authorities about child abuse.

In 1999, a confidential report detailed "gross acts of physical and psychological abuse" at the Blanche Pierre care home.

In 2000, alleged victims complained to the police.

Court proceedings began, but were later dropped. - Children's home in abuse claims


Marc Dutroux's lawyer, Xavier Magnee, said Dutroux, was part of a criminal network supplying the sex trade.

Magnee said Dutroux was a "small fish" working for a network with links to the police.

Magnee pointed out the failure of the police to process all the forensic samples discovered in a basement cellar in which Dutroux kept four of his captives.

Magnee said that some 6,000 hair samples found in the basement cellar where some of the victims were held had led to the discovery of 25 "unknown" DNA profiles.

"There were people in that cellar that are not now accused," said Magnee.

M. Magnee said prosecutors had ignored evidence that might have linked the ring to a Satanic cult called Abrasax, which is suspected of performing human sacrifices. - Dutroux says he abducted girls with police help - Europe, News ...


Roger Holland, from Jersey, was a convicted paedophile.

In 1992 Holland became a part-time policeman on Jersey.

Six years earlier, he had indecently assaulted a mentally backward 14-year-old girl.

He had admitted molesting a second child.

In 1995, he was promoted to the rank of vingtenier, the second most senior in the island's volunteer police force, which supplements the work of the full-time police. - Secrets and terror of Jersey care home


Marc Dutroux insisted that he was not a "lone predator" but part of a wider paedophile ring.

Dutroux described himself as a victim, a "puppet in a show trial" who had to be put away to "hide the truth" and serve the interests of "organised corruption".

Dutroux said only 10% of the case had been examined. He asked why independent-minded policemen had been removed from the investigating team. - Dutroux insists he was part of paedophile ring World news The ...


Jersey's top people:

Lieutenant Governor: Andrew Ridgway
Bailiff: Sir Philip Bailhache

States of Jersey
Bailiff: Sir Philip Bailhache

Council of Ministers
Chief Minister: Frank Walker
Treasury Minister: Terry Le Sueur
Health Minister: Ben Shenton
Home Minister: Wendy Kinnard
Education Minister: Mike Vibert
Environment Minister: Freddie Cohen
Housing Minister: Terry Le Main
Social Security Minister: Paul Routier
Economic Development Minister: Philip Ozouf
Transport Minister: Guy de Faye

Bailiff: Sir Philip Bailhache
Deputy Bailiff: Michael Cameron St. John Birt
Attorney-General: William James Bailhache QC
Solicitor-General: Stephanie Claire Nicolle QC
Magistrate: Ian Le Marquand
Assistant Magistrate: Ian Christmas


"It is this allegation of an establishment cover-up, with its echoes of Belgium's notorious Marc Dutroux case, which is likely to leave the most indelible stain on Jersey's cherished reputation.
When Dutroux was convicted in 2004 of raping and murdering a string of young girls - two of whom had starved to death in his cellar - he said he was part of a widespread paedophile ring that included policemen and elite members of Belgian society." - Secrets and terror of Jersey care home - Telegraph

Bridget O'Donnell and her partner Jeremy Wilkins befriended Kate and Gerry McCann during their week-long holiday in Portugal

"Bridget O'Donnell ... criticised Portuguese detectives for failing to take a statement from her and her partner, and said police officers did not even recognise a photograph of Madeleine the day after the incident." - Madeleine witness describes abduction night

"A uniformed Portuguese policeman and a translator (Robert Murat)... later questioned Miss O'Donnell and her partner in their apartment.

"'The translator... sweated slightly... He was breathless...'

"They answered a few questions and gave their details, which the policeman took down on 'the back of a bit of paper', Miss McDonnell wrote. 'No notebook.'

"'Then he pointed to the photocopied picture of Madeleine on the table. Is this your daughter? he asked. Er, no, we said. That's the girl you are meant to be searching for." - Madeleine McCann witness breaks her silence

"Belgian police were told of the whereabouts of one of the victims of alleged child murderer and pedophile Marc Dutroux one year before she was found dead, a court in Belgium heard.
Throughout the Dutroux investigation and trial there have been allegations and rumours of police incompetence at best, collusion at worst..." - Police told where Dutroux victim was long before she was found dead: witness

"Marc Dutroux, the Belgian paedophile, claimed today that police officers helped him to abduct two young women whose bodies were later discovered buried in his garden. Testifying for the first time at his trial, Dutroux said that he abducted An Marchal, 17, and Eefje Lambrecks, 19, with the help of a heroin-addicted friend, who is also on trial, and two other men. 'I later found out they were members of the police force,' he told the court, without identifying them." - Dutroux claims police helped in teens' kidnap - Times Online

Gepost door: Jefferson | 22-03-08

Was Dutroux working for the security services? Monday, March 14, 2005


This is the Southern, French speaking, Roman Catholic part of Belgium. What they call Wallonia. For the tourist, the attractions are many: The rounded hills of the Ardennes, forests, rivers, art, carnivals, and fine food.

"Here we are getting a bad name in Belgium," says Didier, the middle-aged, balding barman at our hotel.

"Marc Dutroux?" says Myrianne.

"Many people felt the truth did not come out at his trial," says Didier. "He knows too much about the top people."

"There's always rumours," I say.

"I'll tell you," says Didier, fingering the crucifix suspended from his neck, "there are girls coming in here from Africa. To brothels in a city near here. Very young girls. Probably with AIDS."

"The world's a wicked place, " I comment.

"No, wait," says Myrianne, "the International Organisation for Migration has said Belgium is the top place for sex slavery. Young girls from Rwanda, the Congo, and so on."

"Not for tourists like you," says Didier.

"Thank you," I say. "No, these brothels are very expensive and very exclusive. Only for very top people who will keep quiet."

"It's true," says Myrianne. "Look the Observer said the same thing. It talked about 'the squalid road that leads to Belgium'."

Gepost door: Jefferson | 22-03-08

PART TWO - LIEGE 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."


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

"How's your beer?"

Gepost door: Jefferson | 22-03-08

Jersey child abuse link to Islington, London Eileen Fairweather at the The Mail on Sunday has an excellent news story entitled 'I have known about Jersey paedophiles for 15 years,' says award-winning journalist.

Eileen Fairweather describes the links between child abuse in Islington in London and child abuse on the islands of Jersey and Guernsey. She also suggests possible cover-ups by top police and politicians.

According to the Mail on Sunday article:

1. About 15 years ago, Detective Constable Peter Cook uncovered a child sex ring, with victims in both Britain and Jersey.

Cook's police bosses barred Cook from alerting police abuse specialists in London. Inquiries by junior detectives were closed down by senior police officers.

The child abuse ring members included an aristocrat, clerics and a social services chief. Their friends included senior police officers.

Cook managed to meet people at the National Criminal-Intelligence Squad. Little happened.

2. Now, in February 2008, a child's remains have been found at a former children's home on Jersey. More than 200 children who lived at Haut de la Garenne have described sexual and physical torture dating back to the Sixties.

3. There are the links between the child abuse at care homes in Islington, North London, and the child abuse on Jersey.

14-year-old Jason Swift, killed in 1985 by a paedophile gang, is believed to have lived in Islington council's Conewood Street home.

Two sources claimed this.

Every one of Islington's 12 care homes included staff who were paedophiles, child pornographers or pimps.

Police secretly confirmed that several Islington workers were 'major operators in the supply of children for abuse and pornography'.

Islington children were taken to Jersey 'on unofficial visits'.

Government Minister Margaret Hodge, then council leader in Islington, denounced "gutter journalists" who supposedly bribed children to lie about abuse.

(The Right Honourable Margaret Eve, Lady Hodge, MBE (née Margaret Oppenheimer; born September 1944, Cairo) is a British politician and Labour Party Member of Parliament for Barking. She was the first Minister for Children appointed in a newly created post within the Department for Education and Skills in 2001 . She is presently a Minister of State in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.)

5. Jersey social worker Simon Bellwood was sacked in 2007 after speaking out.

Jersey health minister Stuart Syvret was sacked after publicising a suppressed report into abuse allegations.

6. In June 1991, police in Cambridgeshire raided the home of Neil Hocquart who abused children in Britain and Guernsey. Hocquart, along with a social worker from Jersey, supplied child pornography to a huge sex ring.

Hocquart, nee Foster, was abused while in care in Norfolk and was eventually 'befriended' by Captain H. Hocquart of Vale, in Guernsey.

Cambridgeshire police and a Scotland Yard squad raided Neil Hocquart's Swaffham Manor home in June 1991.

At nearby Ely they found his friend, Walter Clack, who was also reportedly involved with child pornography.

Police did not get a chance to properly interview these men. Hocquart died suddenly and Clack 'escaped with a £5,000 fine'.

Scotland Yard detectives related that they found at least "two or three" wills of older men who died of apparent heart attacks shortly after leaving everything to Neil Hocquart.

These deaths were never investigated.

7. Nicholas John Rabet, born on Jersey, was a friend of Hocquart's. Rabet became a childcare worker on Jersey.

Later, Rabet became deputy superintendent of islington council's home at 114 Grosvenor Avenue.

Rabet became a key supplier of children from Islington's care homes to paedophile rings.

Rabet and a colleague took children on trips to Jersey.

'Allegations mounted but nothing was done'.

Rabet befriended the widow of an American oil millionaire. This lady died after writing her will in Rabet's favour. Rabet inherited a property in Sussex, where he opened a children's activity centre. Children in Islington's care were regularly invited to stay there.

Hocquart and Walter Clack became "volunteers" at this activity centre.

Hocquart befriended one young boy called Shane (not his real name) who stayed at an islington care home.

Sussex police raided Rabet's children's centre and then contacted Shane, at his Islington children's home. Shane confirmed months of 'abuse'. Attempts to investigate further 'were thwarted by Islington Council'.

Islington 'falsely told Sussex officers it had no file material on Rabet or his alleged victim'.

The independent White inquiry into the abuse in Islington children's homes found that "at assistant director level . . . many confidential files were destroyed by mistake, although there is no evidence of conspiracy."

During the Rabet investigation, Islington refused to interview any other children in care or help Sussex police identify other children in Rabet's photos.

Police decided not to prosecute.

Shane told journalist Eileen Fairweather: "This goes right to the top. You have no idea how big this is."

Fairweather writes: "Third World police... succeeded where Britain's finest in Cambridgeshire, Sussex, London and Jersey had failed."

Rabet was arrested in Thailand in 2006 and charged with abusing 30 boys, some as young as six. Thai police believed he had abused at least 300.

Rabat was never tried. He died suddenly on 12 May 2006.

8. Two other Jersey-born social workers also worked in Islington.

One arranged sailing trips to Guernsey; the other sent children to Rabet's centre. Both were accused of abuse.

9. When Detective Constable Cook travelled to Guernsey, he met two brothers whom Hocquart 'delivered to a high-ranking, respected local man to rape'.

Reportedly no action was taken by senior police.

My colleagues were corrupt, violent, bigoted drunks. Are things any better now asks Brian Paddick

Gepost door: Jefferson | 22-03-08

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

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: Jefferson | 22-03-08

The disappearance and murder of children: An 'Affaire d'Etat' (1) THE DISAPPEARANCE AND MURDER OF CHILDREN:
AN "AFFAIRE D'ETAT" (Marc Verwilghen, 20 April 1999)

by Françoise Van de Morteel (*)

Julie and Melissa were abducted in Grâce-Hollogne five years ago.
For one whole year of suffering, their parents were the only ones struggling to find their young daughters in the face of indifference, or even hostility, from the police.
It is already four years since their remains were dug up in Marc Dutroux's garden.
The parents of the victims and all the Belgian people now know, thanks to the work of the parliamentary committee of inquiry and the unremitting efforts of a few investigative journalists, that on 7 July 1995, thirteen days after the abduction, the name of a certain Dutroux, already heavily sentenced for rape offences, was named as the main suspect in a document in the possession of the chief detective of the local police.

But we still don't know why the young girls were not saved, why the police did not arrest Dutroux!
We don't know why the judicial institutions sacrificed the lives of Julie, Melissa, and also of An and Eefje who were abducted by Dutroux two months later, nor why they would have allowed Sabine and Laetitia and many others to die if it had not been for the unexpected arrival on the scene of the investigation of the magistrates from Neufchâteau, a small public prosecutor's department in the province of Ardennes.
This is the key to the mystery: was the good work done by Bourlet and Connerotte in the investigation into the disappearance of Laetitia in Bertrix the tiny grain of sand that jammed a judiciary machine that had worked for years, whether due to blindness, corruption, blackmail or simply carelessness, in collusion with the abduction of children and of paedophile rings in Belgium? A judicial machine that rapidly got its act back together when it was a matter of covering up its faults and of hushing up the shocking discoveries of the parliamentary committee of inquiry.

In the space of a few weeks, the Bourlet-Connerotte team discovered the bodies of Julie, Melissa, An, Eefje and Loubna, and saved Sabine and Laetitia.
In the space of four years, Langlois has not made the slightest progress: we still know NOTHING about the abduction, the imprisonment, the abuse and the circumstances of the death of the young girls.

Who abducted Julie and Melissa?
Dutroux? His accomplice Weinstein whom he murdered? Someone else? Using what vehicle? And where exactly?
Dutroux denies responsibility for the abduction which his wife Michèle Martin accuses him of...
Investigating Magistrate Langlois did not think it necessary to investigate other trails. Why not?
It was only on the insistence of the parents and their counsel and by judicial order that a reconstruction of the events took place on 27 June 2000.
But this reconstruction, as it was organised by the Investigating Magistrate, was nothing other than a mascarade, extremely painful for the parents: only three "witnesses" out of twenty-five were called by the Magistrate! Among them was Melissa's mother, invited to retrace the path followed in search of the children and the old woman whose testimony is well-known. Carine Russo, moreover, refused to take part.

WHERE were Julie and Melissa imprisoned?
WHERE may they have been taken? Why have there been no checks on reports of the presence of young girls at a den of iniquity in Charleroi?
WHY and FOR WHOM were Julie and Melissa abducted? What was the motive for their imprisonment?

Dutroux is not considered by psychiatrists to be a paedophile. He claims that he abducted Julie and Melissa to bring them up in his family! So why did he abduct An and Eefje two months later, and then Sabine, and then Laetitia, if it is not as he told his accomplices several times "because it's big money"?
Why did he tell his accomplice Lelièvre that the abduction of An and Eefje was an order?
And above all, why does Investigating Magistrate Langlois seem to be completely unaware of these statements, which point repeatedly to the existence of a ring?
HOW AND WHEN did Dutroux's victims die?
Why did Langlois devote so much energy to trying to prove that Dutroux, the friend of Michel Nihoul (who is known to have organised orgies), accused by his ex-wife and accomplice of being at the centre of traffic in pornographic and paedophile video-cassettes, and with a criminal record, is nothing but a "lone predator"?
He failed to carry out the most elementary checks only to claim later that "the inquiry has not been able to prove anything".
In the case of Julie and Melissa, many extremely interesting trails have still not been taken seriously. Considerable resources have been invested in a few very improbable trails, while the most serious trails have not been followed up:
the M. Ferret trail: albums were found at his home with photos of children taken at the holiday camp where he worked as a concierge, in particular photos of Julie and Melissa and a T-shirt belonging to Melissa. This man knew Dutroux.
1. the Feront trail: a very reliable informer who had allowed paedophiles to be found in other cases, and who had claimed to have met a paedophile who showed him photos among which he had recognised Melissa; Magistrate Doutrèwe, head of the investigation into the disappearance of Julie and Melissa, refused to take this trail seriously for a whole year... But strangely she sent a police officer to question Feront when Dutroux's arrest by Magistrate Connerotte was imminent!
2. the Piro trail: on the day after the discovery of the girls' bodies, this bar-owner (some of his bars are on the Philippeville road, where Dutroux has a house) phoned the Lejeune family to tell them that he knew what had happened to the girls, and to tell them that he would be organising a dinner during which he would make important revelations; dozens of witnesses have stated that he confessed the same thing to them; he was murdered shortly afterwards, before he could organise his dinner. His wife was found guilty of a crime of passion! She claims to have paid for the murder of her husband for personal reasons.
3. the Tagliaferro trail: this scrap metal merchant, specialised in the demolition of suspect vehicles, who is proven to have known most of Dutroux's accomplices, was also murdered shortly after the discovery of the bodies of the girls; his wife claims that he was killed because he knew too much about the disappearance of the girls and says that she too was threatened; she was dismissed as being hysterical; shortly afterwards she died at her home in a fire whose circumstances were extremely suspect: the verdict was suicide. The Tagliaferro file was sent to Liège.
4. the Diakostavrianos trail: an accomplice of Dutroux, with whom he had made several journeys to Slovakia to set up a prostitution ring. (A video-cassette was found at Dutroux's home showing the rape of a young Slovakian girl...) "Le Grec's" car might have been used for the abduction of An and Eefje. Diakostavrianos had already appeared in the abduction of Elisabeth Brichet in Namur in 1989. Charged in the Dutroux case, but released in July 1997, he has been found guilty of raping a young mentally-handicapped girl. This file, handled in Namur, was not added to the Dutroux file!

The "lone predator" theory, which was used in Dutroux's defence, and which the magistrate supported publicly in August 1998 (before the start of his investigation into the case of Julie and Melissa which he only began in February 1999...), leads him to shocking contortions in his investigation:
- He asked at a very late date for a report from a nutritionist to establish at all costs, according to Michèle Martin, that two 8-year-old girls could have survived for 106 days (during Dutroux's arrest from 6 December 1995 to 26 March 1996) in a cell measuring 3 square meters, without ventilation or light, feeding on tinned foods whose existence has never been proven and wisely consuming Rhohypnol tablets... It is Dutroux himself who claims to have left these tins in the cell where the young girls were found. But he has often changed his mind about the exact amount of food, and even the largest amount mentioned would not have been sufficient to allow the children to survive... The nutritionist's report lists the many reasons why it seems impossible for the girls to have survived and concludes: "possible but highly improbable". What is Langlois' opinion on the matter (expressed to the Court)? "It is possible."
- Three experts established, with horrific evidence, that the little girls had been subjected to terrible sexual abuse; these three experts had had access to the corpses. Three years later, Langlois found nothing better to do than to ask for a counter-opinion to make sure that the injuries were really caused by sexual abuse! The expert appointed stated that, since he had only had access to photos and videos, it was not possible to say for certain that the sexual injuries were due to rape! Langlois' predictable conclusion: we should allow Dutroux the benefit of the doubt.
- Implicit conclusion: Dutroux imprisoned the young girls for several months without touching them or, as one journalist who some people insist on taking seriously has dared to claim, he intended to entertain them paternally and wait until they grew up before touching them. The same Dutroux who raped numerous minors both before and after the abduction of Julie and Melissa!

Many people have testified before the Neufchâteau investigators about the existence of relations between Nihoul and Dutroux, in the context of orgies, from the 1980s onwards.
Dutroux was not a low-life provincial, as he has been depicted. He frequented swimming-pools, bars and skating rinks in Brussels, where he also met his future wife Michèle Martin. His bank account show sums of money coming in which are inexplicable, except for the fact that they coincide with the deaths and abductions of young girls and children. Why have these facts been kept secret? Why are numerous elements proving the complicity of Nihoul (cf. infra) considered null and void by Magistrate Langlois? Is it to deny the existence of a full-fledged gang of purveyors of children around NIHOUL and Dutroux?

The Nihoul trail had already appeared in a case of the traffic of children before the Dutroux case exploded:
At the end of 1995, a police officer from La Louvière, Christian Dubois, received numerous and reliable complaints - from children, but also from parents and teachers - stating that several people driving a white Mercedes were following children or taking photos of them around schools in Mons, La Louvière, Charleroi, Couvin, Thuin, Chimay, and Beaumont. Dubois investigated and discovered that the Mercedes belonged to the ASCO scrap metal company, founded in 1994 in Onezies near the French border.
ASCO was founded by those closest to Nihoul, his partner, a great friend, the owner of the Dolo - an orgy club - who had been the manager. (The company would move into the car and spare parts trade. Nihoul had been in the car trade since 1989.)
Dubois' informer claimed that ASCO was the cover for a ring trading in children, who were imprisoned for a time in Belgium before being exported to other countries.
When Dubois passed on this information to René Michaux, head of the cowardly Operation Othello when the police were supposed to be watching Dutroux, Michaux did nothing about it, since Dubois' information matched what they already knew from another source: Dutroux had built the hiding-places to imprison children destined to be sent abroad! And he did not think of informing Dubois of this strange "coincidence"!
The "Au nom de la loi" production team (Francophone Belgian TV) which would devote all its efforts to trying to defend the "Dutroux the lone predator" theory and to treating witnesses X as deranged, was already contriving on the basis of statements made by a superintendent from La Louvière to demonstrate that the story of the Mercedes at school entrances was nothing but an unfounded rumour when Julie and Melissa disappeared!
Dutroux was in permanent telephone contact with Nihoul the day before the abduction of Laetitia, the day of the abduction itself, and during the next few days.
Several witnesses saw Dutroux and Nihoul at the swimming-pool where Laetitia was abducted on the day before the events. Among these witnesses is the extremely reliable testimony of a Flemish family who gave a very precise description of Dutroux's van and of Michèle Martin's children's push chair.
During their first interrogations, Dutroux, one of his accomplices, Lelièvre, and Annie Bouty herself recognised at least once that Nihoul was the leader of the gang. "Nihoul will kill me if I speak," said Lelièvre; and in her fourth statement Bouty admitted that Nihoul was the centre of a paedophile cassette ring; from that day on she would never be questioned again! The magistrate responsible told the parliamentary committee of inquiry that he stopped the questioning after receiving death threats...
Just after the abduction of Laetitia, Nihoul gave Lelièvre Ecstasy pills for the sum of 500,000 francs; the explanation provided by the two crooks is that it was the payment for the repair of Nihoul's old car, which wasn't worth more than 50,000 francs, and which in any case was never repaired. At the same time the police seemed to believe Lelièvre when he claimed that he could sell the pills for 20 Belgian francs each, when their normal market value is around 200 francs!
Laetitia heard Dutroux speaking on the phone to a certain "Jean-Michel" (Nihoul's first name)...
Why would Nihoul, who lived in Brussels and claims to have good relations with people, go to Charleroi to get his car repaired?
When and how did he really meet Dutroux for whom he claims to have "valued" a house where Dutroux told him he wanted to open a "club de rencontres"? Was it really by chance, in the summer of 1995, after the abduction of Julie and Melissa? They admit that they saw each other again very quickly to discuss the establishment of a prostitution ring with Slovakia. (see Nihoul's book, pp. 126, 127, 129)
According to Nihoul, Lelièvre (who was introduced to him by the arms and drugs dealer Casper Flier) "turned up at my place once every two weeks" (p. 128) and "Annie Bouty can't stand Dutroux" (p. 134). When they had only crossed paths?
Nihoul was in contact with Diakostavrianos, for whom "he intervened with a magistrate" (p.130).
Nihoul took Dutroux and Weinstein to see Bouty in November 1995 to ask her to provide him with a passport. This episode took place just before Dutroux killed Weinstein...
As an informer of police officer Vanesse (charged by Connerotte and since deceased), Nihoul gave Vanesse orders; Connerotte's team had found two messages addressed to the officer by Nihoul: "Dutroux lorry wait", and "Don't touch Lelièvre"!
Should Nihoul's unexplained links with Dutroux and his entourage not constitute a matter for investigation, and should they not justify keeping him in detention?
Nihoul is at the centre of the testimonies of witnesses "X", victims of paedophile abuse in Belgium.
Regina Louf (XI) gave an exact description of the flat of Annie Bouty, Nihoul's partner during the period when the witness claims to have been raped by Nihoul in the flat: she was able to remember the address.
Regina Louf described the stables where, according to her, orgies with children took place, attended by Nihoul. Checks show that Nihoul owned a horse there at the time of the events described by R. Louf.
The testimonies of other witnesses "X" match that of Regina Louf: not only the same characters, Nihoul, Van der Elst, but also descriptions of the same places and the same practices.
In the inquiry into the Champignonnière murder (1984), two important trails appeared that were not followed up by Investigating Magistrate Van Espen: the two trails lead to Nihoul.
An anonymous caller told the inquirers to go and check out around the Dolo if they wanted to find out what had happened at the Champignonnière. The officer put in charge of the inquiry into the Dolo in 1997 went there himself to take part in orgies!
One trail leads to Radio-Activité, the free radio station where Nihoul worked at the time.
Nihoul, who claims that he has never touched minors, frequented paedophiles.
Nihoul knew several paedophiles including one in Brussels, Corvillain, the owner of a company suspected of being a cover for trade in children and paedophilia videos. He visited Corvillain often, especially after going to see his dentist, whose surgery was in the same building: the dentist was found dead (suicide was said to be the cause of death) right in the middle of the Dutroux case, shortly after stating that Nihoul went to see Corvillain after leaving her surgery; it is still not known that she was the mistress of "X", who was also Bouty's lover, and that she was swindled out of millions of francs.

All the actors and accomplices in the abduction of Julie and Melissa arrested by Connerotte in August 1996 are currently free, with the sole exception of Dutroux, his wife Michèle Martin, and Michel Lelièvre, who has admitted his part in the abduction of An and Eefje...
Michel Van der Elst, the lawyer struck off the bar who provided Nihoul's main alibi for the day of the abduction of Laetitia, retracted a few months ago: Van der Elst had already furnished a false alibi at the time of the "abduction" of the former Prime Minister Van den Boeynants by the Haemers gang and had been taken to prison. (Patrick Haemers appears as a suspect, as well as Nihoul, in the "Tueries du Brabant" case.)
Why doesn't Investigating Magistrate Langlois issue a new arrest warrant against Nihoul, who no longer has an alibi for the preparation of the abduction of Laetitia?
Michel Nihoul shows off on our TV screens and skilfully throws out messages to those who he is able to blackmail.


Gepost door: Werkgroep Morkhoven | 15-07-08

The disappearance and murder of children: An 'Affaire d'Etat' (2) Why, against the advice of the parliamentary committee of inquiry, have the public prosecutors "trussed up" the Dutroux case?
The dispersion of the files "linked" to the abduction of Julie and Melissa is part of a well-known hush-up strategy.
The file on the "car trade" of Marc Dutroux and his accomplices (Weinstein, Nihoul etc.) should cast light on Dutroux's links with the Charleroi Mafia and may explain the protection or the "consideration" given to him by certain police officers and magistrates suspected by the parliamentary committee of inquiry of having dubious relations with organised crime. This file has been removed from Magistrate Gerard of Neufchâteau and sent to Nivelles (to magistrates overloaded with work). The case of the theft of a lorry in Grâce-Hollogne, the town where the Russo and Lejeune families live, a case in which Dutroux, police officers and former police officers are involved, has been sent to Charleroi!
Dutroux has been charged separately in Charleroi for the imprisonment of three people in November 1995 around this case of the stolen lorry.
The Tagliaferro file has been sent to Liège.
As the chairman of the committee of inquiry has underlined, this obliging "clean-up" by the public prosecutors has made it possible to avoid a real trial of organised crime in Belgium.
The dispersion of the files also hinders the parents of the victims, prevented from asking for access to files that have become "linked", and forces them to become a private party (associating in a court case with a public prosecutor) in each case!
It should be pointed out that in Belgium, while the person under charge has access to all his files, the same is not true for the victims, who have to apply to the investigating judge, who decides in an arbitrary manner which files they can consult and copy (at the scandalous cost of 70 Belgian francs per two-sided page).
Moreover, the defence lawyer of the parents of Julie and Melissa has been refused access to the file on the late Weinstein, murdered by Dutroux, by Magistrate Langlois, "out of respect for the victims and their parents"!

Why did the judicial authorities draw an abrupt halt in 1997 to the verification, which was beginning to be conclusive, of the testimonies of witnesses "X" on the existence of rape, torture, the murder of children and babies, and the shooting of snuff movies at "soirées" organised for the Belgian upper classes? (Michel Nihoul appears here, too...)
Why were De Baets and Bille, who heard these testimonies, abruptly removed from the case, downgraded, charged with malpractice in their inquiries when two years of judicial investigations against them have led only to a dismissal of the case?
Why have the two officers not been reinstated?
Why have officers known to have written false papers in order to damage them not been prosecuted? (A point of detail according to the King's Prosecutor of Brussels...)
Why did three public prosecutor's departments bring their inquiries to a halt at the same time on the very day when one of the main suspects, Tony, admitted to having had sexual relations with Regina Louf at the age of twelve (which is a crime in the eyes of the law) with the agreement of her parents, and to having "lent" her to friends? (On the day of Tony's confessions, 23 April 1998, Dutroux made an attempt to escape which seems to have been encouraged...)
Why was the "re-examination" of the X files, removed from De Baets and Bille and entrusted to another team of officers by Magistrate Langlois, not submitted to the parliamentary committee of inquiry, as was promised several times, before the end of its proceedings?
Why, years later, is this "re-examination" still "unpublishable"?
Why has the inquiry into the testimonies of witnesses "X" not been resumed since no fault was committed by the De Baets team and since there is thus good reason to believe that they are largely credible, even and above all if their accounts are horrific?

Why have other proven teams of investigators been suddenly dismantled or certain members who carry out their work too well removed, intimidated or "promoted" to other tasks? (cf. E. Suys removed from the "Obelix" cell on Nihoul...)
Some officers have been removed from the inquiry into Julie and Melissa without any apparent reason; however much Gino Russo asked to be told these mysterious reasons, he received no reply.

How can the disappearance of parts of the files be explained?
In the inquiry into witnesses "X", a police officer "mislaid" a cassette confiscated at the home of an important suspect. In the inquiry into Regina Louf, another officer "forgot" the whole file on the back seat of his car, which he left for a moment. On his return the file had disappeared. The officer was not punished.
Paul Marchal states that parts of the file on his daughter Eefje have disappeared.
Why were dozens of video cassettes seized at the home of Marc Dutroux on 13 December 1995, which were examined by the police in Brussels from 18 to 30 January 1996, and which according to an operator contained pictures of car-dealing and of pornographic sequences, returned to Dutroux's lawyer on the decision on the Charleroi Investigating Magistrate Lorent? The same magistrate who also returned the speculum seized at the home of Dutroux to the lawyer of Michèle Martin, the speculum which on the advice of the head of inquiry in Grâce-Hollogne Warrant Officer Lesage was voluntarily omitted from the list of items confiscated by officer Michaux during the search...
Why were the five cassettes that remained in the possession of the inquirers, transferred to Neufchâteau after the discovery of the bodies of Julie and Melissa, only registered at the clerk's office of the court on 2 January 1999, two and a half years later, and not examined before that date? Why have the scenes which show Dutroux working in his cellars and the rape of a young girl been cut from the copies made at the Brussels gendarmerie? How can we explain the disappearance of a super-eight tape which a Charleroi police officer confiscated from Dutroux's wife and deposited at the gendarmerie? The Police Investigation Committee came up with only one explanation: "a muddle"!
Why is the MP Anne-Marie Lizon, who stated in September 1996 that recognisable abusers are visible on the other batch of cassettes seized in August 1996 by Magistrate Connerotte, now pretending, with embarrassment, to go back on her statements? What happened to the photos of the rape of Sabine that Dutroux showed Laetitia?
Why did the Brussels public prosecutor's department order the destruction of an important stock of paedophile cassettes seized in the case of the paedophile Raemaeckers, two days before Dutroux's arrest?

Why does the judiciary, political, university and media establishment devote so much energy to treating witnesses "X" as "mad" and to denying the existence of paedophile rings in Belgium, when other cases have already proved their existence, thus becoming the accomplice of a judicial system that does everything to cover up the truth?
There is nothing mad about Regina Louf (XI). She has given dozens of perfectly precise descriptions of places where she was taken, she has recognised her abusers from among the photos that the investigators have shown her. She has recognised other victims.
Why has the press totally ignored the book "Les Dossiers X, ce que la Belgique ne devait pas savoir", which contains proof of the existence of these rings, their members and their protectors.

Why are the 300,000 people whose citizens' action was praised by the media at the time of the protest march now treated by the muzzled press as a "mob" beset by dangerous "emotions"?


The parliamentary committee of inquiry into the disappearance of children, headed by Marc Verwilghen, has given an initial response to these painful questions. In its second report on "protection", it revealed the infiltration of organised crime in the Belgian institutions and its links with political and business circles.

It is significant that the committee was forced to conclude in February 1998, under pressure from the executive and from the political parties, who rapidly turned the page on the protest march. The committee was prevented from proceeding with its task of investigating organised crime in Liège and the strange relations of Warrant Officer Lesage, who did not pursue the suspect Dutroux, with the circles of prostitution and the traffic of human beings.
The former members of the committee were even refused access to their own archives as the result of a vote by their fellow deputies in July 1998!

It is also significant that the constitutional inviolability of the private life of the royal family has for many years been an obstacle to the inquiries into the "ballets roses". Some of the testimonies of witnesses "X" touch the royal family and the perverse influence of Nihoul.
Is this a second explanation of the frenetic attempts to block justice, quite possibly related to the first?

How can we accept that no sanction was taken against the members of the judicial establishment, police officers and magistrates, responsible for mistakes that led to the death of four children?
As was decided by the all-powerful public prosecutors, behind whom the politicians take refuge!
Some of the investigators who played a key role in the cover-up of the case have actually been promoted! For example:
The head of the Central Bureau of Investigation of the Gendarmerie, who failed to circulate Dutroux's name to any of the public prosecutors' departments, has just received the "Politeia" police award, and is now head of the Comiyé P, otherwise known as "la police des polices"!
Inspector G. Zicot of the Charleroi Criminal Investigation Police, charged with complicity in the stolen car trade and indicated by the parliamentary committee of inquiry as one of Dutroux's main "protectors", has been reinstated to the Brussels Criminal Investigation Department...
Warrant Officer Lesage, the head of inquiry who covered up the Dutroux trail was suspended from duty.... for half a day for "having mislaid his police notebook"... ( which must have contained all the information on his investigations...)
Sergeant-Major Michaux, who failed to fulfil his duty to draw up reports on his activities, and also hid extremely important facts from his superiors and from the magistrates, and even drew up false search reports, is currently working in the financial section of the Criminal Investigation Squad of the Brussels Gendarmerie, where he is working on cases involving the Russian Mafia...

Why was Patrick Derochette, charged with the abduction of Loubna Ben Aïssa in 1992 and arrested 6 years after the event thanks to the intervention of the Neufchâteau team, imprisoned without trial in March 1999, on the decision of the Chamber of Indictments of Brussels? (Where the case had been transferred...)
The official story supported by the police is that Derochette acted alone in a state of mental disorder and that he killed Loubna the very day of her abduction. In fact it is thanks to the testimony of a friend of Loubna who recognised her in a car with two people, several days after her abduction, and took note of the number plate, that Magistrate Gérard of Neufchâteau was able to trace Derochette.
All the trails that lead to his entourage: his family, Nihoul, Lelièvre, Dutroux and other paedophiles known to the judicial authorities have also been closed.
In fact the Derochette family frequented the same bars as Nihoul and Dutroux, which filled up at the Derochettes' petrol station. P. Derochette's brother provided him with an alibi that has proved to be false.
Regina Louf recognised Derochette's father among those who raped her.
The evidence of the protection that he and his family received from the local police has been swept aside: the police have knowingly ignored several other vital testimonies. (An attitude justified by "a touch of nonchalance… and of sympathy for this gentle nutcase lost in his alcoholic delirium" Le Soir 24/1/98 …"A gentle nutcase" who had already been imprisoned for only 50 days, for the rape, torture and imprisonment of three young boys in 1986!)
It should be noted that the Brussels public prosecutors' department believed that it would be pointless to open a file on the disappearance of the young girl…

How can we explain the series of suspect deaths around the Dutroux case?
- The "suicide" of the counsel for the prosecution of Liège Hubert Massa, responsible for the file on the murder of André Cools and for the file on Julie and Melissa, buried the day after his death…
- The "suicide" of Superintendent Antipine of the Brussels criminal investigation department, a member of the "Nihoul" team…
- The "suicide" of a gendarme in Grâce-Hollogne, shortly after the disappearance of Julie and Melissa…
- The murder of a bar manager, Piro, who had announced revelations on the case of Julie and Melissa…
- The "suicide" of Tagliaferro, a scrap metal dealer close to Dutroux: it turned out that he had been poisoned with cyanide…
- The "suicide" of his wife Fabienne Jaupart who denounced the murder of her husband…
- The murder of J.P. Taminiaux, a bar porter in Charleroi, close to the stolen car trade circles…
- Houdemont's car "accident" as he was on his way to make revelations to investigating magistrate Coméliau about the abduction of Elisabeth Brichet....
- The "accident" which happened to Gina Beernaer, an employee of a.s.b.l. Morkhoven, a few days after she announced the delivery of snuff-movies (which were never found...) to Georges Gladz, President of the C.ID.E. in Lausanne…
- The "suicide" of Nihoul's dentist…

And the list is not complete.

No date has been fixed for the trial of Dutroux (the latest reports suggest 2002…) whose lawyers now claim, against all evidence, that he is no longer in possession of all his faculties…

The former chairman of the parliamentary committee of inquiry, Marc Verwilghen, elected by an overwhelming majority in the general election of June 1999, is currently Minister of Justice in a new political coalition in which the Christian-Socialist Party is not present for the first time since the war.
We have just learnt, several months late, that he has charged the state prosecutors to reopen the "X" files and to appoint an independent expert.
Attacked every day by his allies in government, in particular by Elio Di Rupo's Socialist Party, and by the upper echelons of the magistrature, who have not forgiven him for having had to account for their actions before the elected members of the nation … and the TV cameras, he is therefore pursuing the line of conduct he has chosen.
He still has the trust of the parents of the victims and of the citizens' movements. But he is very much alone. Having come to power, the Ecolo Party no longer makes the murder of children one of its priorities.


The "discovery" of paedophile rings, the testimonies of children abused during Satanic rites broadcast by France 3 and the publication of a CD ROM containing thousands of photos of children by French newspapers has caused the scandal to explode in France.
The Swiss press has followed the movement and the Geneva police have allowed parents to consult its files on abused children, many of whom have been recognised.
The Belgian police had possessed these documents for many months. They decided to do nothing about it. On the other hand the Chairman of A.s.b.l. Morkhoven who had procured them, has been charged with the possession of paedophile materials…
The only hope for reaching the truth in Belgium lies in international action.

(*) journalist, former senior editor of RTBF, member of the Citizens' Committees (Comités blancs)
(1) Michel Bourlet: King's prosecutor;
(2) Jean-Marc Connerotte: investigating magistrate at the time of Dutroux's arrest, relieved of his duties for having attended the famous dinner known as "des spaghettis";
(3) Jacques Langlois:investigating magistrate who took over from Connerotte;
(4) Au nom de la loi: programme broadcast by the RTBF, the Francophone Belgian state TV and radio company;
(5)Annie Bouty: former partner of Nihoul;
(6) XTC: ecstasy.
(7) Dolo: private frequented by numerous suspects.


Gepost door: Werkgroep Morkhoven | 15-07-08

'Child sex probe not hindered, Belgian official says' August 26, 1996
Web posted at: 11:45 p.m.

BRUSSELS (CNN) -- Amid growing concern of police complicity in the case, Belgium's Justice Minister Monday pledged that a probe into a child sex ring will continue "without any intervention."

"The investigation will continue with all possible means, without obstacles," said Stefaan De Clerck.

The Justice Minister issued assurances as the increasingly complex case widened to include a 10th arrest, a theft ring and heated speculation as to how a gang of child abusers operated for years.

The case widened Sunday when senior police detective Georges Zicot was arrested, along with three others, in connection with a theft ring that investigators now believe may have been linked to the sex case.

A storm of media outcry concerning possible police complicity has ensued, and it was exacerbated when the case prosecutor said he would successfully conclude the investigation "if I am allowed to."

The pedophile case broke when chief suspect Marc Dutroux, 39, said he starved two Belgian girls to death and led police to their bodies.


Gepost door: Werkgroep Morkhoven | 15-07-08

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