Zandvoort childporn ring: Gina Bernard was murdered


Antwerp, December 5 th, 1998

European Parliament
TO the attention of Mr . J.M. Gil-Robles Gil-Delgado
Chairman European Parliament
Belliardstreet 97-113, B-1047 Brussels

Dear Mister,


As you know, the Morkhoven Group is since years taking action around an international network of childpornography. Hereby missing youngsters and children are also traced.

The actions and investigations of many years have finally led to the so called Zandvoort-case, whereby childporn-material was found in heaps. Although the work of the association was generally praised and its investigator Marcel Vervloesem was personally congratulated by the Chairman of the European Union, ( " Ich werde mich bemühen, auch weiterhin eine Politik zu machen, die entschlossene Menschen wie Sie, Herr Vervloesem, und deren engagierten Kampf für die Kinderrechte unterstützt ", letter dated July 20th 1998.), since 1992, the association had to cope incessantly with opposition on behalf of the Belgian Justice and political authorities.

The Morkhoven Group not only became the victim of numerous insinuations and accusations but was also regulary criticized by the Belgian Minister of Justice ( Mr. S. De Clerck ). De Clerck (christen-democratic party) accused the members of Morkhoven Group for 'spreading rumours and tales full of phantasies'.  He said, the way in which the association handled these files was 'unacceptable and he had to oppose himself against it because it gave the impression that justice didn't book any result'.

The minister could not have better summarize the way in which the case was covered up by Belgian Justice.

Although, internationally, there was an agreement that the Morkhoven Group did good work, the association was never, in any way, supported by the Belgian Justice- and political authorities.

After the murder of Gerrit-Jan Ulrich, the 49-year-old computer salesman which collected childporn in the case Zandvoort, Marcel Vervloesem he was again the victim of insinuations and accusations.

After a TV-broadcast about the Zandvoort-case ( RTBF - "Faits Divers"), just after a press-conference of the Morkhoven Group and just before the TV commentary about the Group ( VRT - " The white knight of Morkhoven " ) a judicial inquiry against Marcel Vervloesem was opened.

There where - quite accidental - three burglaries of the car from Mr. José Dessart, maker of the before mentioned RTBF-broadcasting. Mr. Willibrordus, maker of the programm " The week of Willibrordus " (SBS 6-Netherlands), found his car put on fire just before the broadcasting about the Zandvoort-case. In danger of his own life, he could push the burning vehicle away from his house ( where his small daughter was asleep ) into the street to prevent his house catching fire.

Gina Bernard-Pardaens, internet-specialist of the Morkhoven Group and co-worker of the RTBF-programme " Faits Divers " had to deal for months with telephone-disturbances and fax- and computer-problems. The telephone-company Belgacom did not succeed during all that time to resolve these interferences.

According to Belgacom " a second line was opened (which Gina never had asked ) and there was " a small thread loose".

Gina often had an " occupied line " ( while she was not at home ), with people phoning her, but saying nothing and hooking back in, deaththreats and telephone-voices which where electronicly deformed, and so on ..., but Belgacom did not appear to be able to detect the identity of these anonymous callers.

Next , the son of Gina Bernard - after different deaththreats - was almost ridden off the road, whilst on bicycle.

Both Mr. José Dessart ( RTBF ) and Mrs. Gina Bernard were interrogated by the judicial services in the case of the disappearred German boy, Manuel Schadwald.

Over and over they were asked as to their connections with the Morkhoven Group.

In an interview with a journalist of the newspaper " De Morgen ", Gina Bernard stated that she had expierienced the interrogation as " highly remarkable and even intimidating " and " that this hearing was clearly directed in that way to be able to get hold of her sources where she had access to ".

After this interrogation the intimidations towards her seemed to increase. In the night of November 14/15th, 1998, Gina - after a new series of deaththreats and telephone-, fax- and internet-problems, had a carcrash. She was instantly dead.

Then, the Morkhoven Group, decided that it could not go further in this way. The network-investigations and the tracing of missing children would be stopped and the complete file would - together with the numerous requests from parents of missing children - be put at the door of the European Parliament in Brussels.

However, the Group did get so many positive reactions and requests to continue, that it will pick up her activities in the matter concerned. This, however, can't happen without the necessary guarantees. It is unacceptable that every person and every association, who works around the problematic of missing and/or murdered children or around the international pedophile-rings and sexually abused youngsters and children, becomes the victim of a systematic persecution.

We ask the members of the European Parliament that the policeforces and judges who do their investigations well, the journalists and civil servants who try to do their work as good as possible, the solicitors, physicians ... who come up for the victims of sexual abuse, the parents of missing/murdered children, associations who by means of investigation-work and the victims of sexual abuse, are respected instead of being intimidated or persecuted.

To obtain this goal, Mister Chairman, I would like to inform you that the town of Brussels has given us permission to organise a manifestation on THURSDAY, DEC. 10 th 1998, from 14.00 untill 16.00 o'clock, in the VAN MAERLANTSTRAAT, on the opposite side of the European Parliament, Belliardstraat 97, Brussels.

In the hope that a delegation of the participants could be received by you and thereby hand you over their demand-parcel, we abide your answer,

Sincerely Yours,
Jan Boeykens

Verlatstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp
chairman of the Workgroup Morkhoven

(tel/fax:03/ 248 64 69- 014/261 354)

Enclosed I send you the article "Nous ne pouvons pas permettre que la silence se met en place ... " (Mme D. Bourlet-Massart)