Dutch court bans pro-child sex group

2012-06-27 16:51
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The Hague - A Dutch court on Wednesday outlawed an association which lobbies for the social acceptance of sexual relations between adults and children.

"The court has banned and ordered the dissolution" of the Martijn organisation, a spokesperson for the civil court in the northern city of Assen, Luta van der Leij, said.

Dutch prosecutors on 16 May in closing arguments called for the organisation - which has been around since 1982 to be banned and dissolved.

With its headquarters in Assen, about 160km northeast of Amsterdam, and running a website, prosecutors said Martijn "offered a digital network and office to sex offenders".

Currently it has about 60 members.

Its former president Ad van den Berg was jailed for three years on 18 October last year in Harlem in western Netherlands for possessing pictures, films and magazines featuring child pornography.

The prosecution took the civil case to the Assen court after an appeals court in November last year refused to prosecute Martijn on criminal charges.

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