Friday, January 29, 2010

Zandvoort child pornography case: the role of the Belgian King

The High Council of Justice last year found out that 7 CD-ROMs containing child pornography from the Zandvoort-case had been vanished.

In 1998 our association gave a copy of these CD-ROMs to the Belgian King. The King was given them to the Belgian Minister of Justice. And the Belgian Minister of Justice was given them for "research" to the president of the Court of Justice.

I wrote to the King, justice ministers, parliamentarians and media about this case.

The former Justice Minister told me that there was 'some investigation'.
The royal palace let me know after 6 months that they had 'received my letter'. But that is all.

I receive no reply on my letters to the current justice minister.

Marcel Vervloesem who revealed the Zandvoort case, is slowly dying in prison.

Jan Boeykens
President of the Morkhoven Group

Following is a list of more than 20 emergency room trips and surgical operations endured by Marcel Vervloesem, of which Belgian minister of justice and his cabinet members were informed more than 40 times.
These prominent officials advocates publicly for a "humane and equitable" justice, and states at the same time that a prisoner 'can be released from jail only 3 days before his expected death'.


1- malignant cancer : treated at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 2 times
2- kidneys : at St Elisabeth Hospital, Herentals : 5 times
3- pancreas : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 2 times, University IA, Anvers : 1 time
4- emergency in intensive care for pancreatite : 2 times
5- emergency in intensive care for pancreatite : University IA, Anvers : 1 time
6- intensive care : Fabiola Hospital, Sambreville and St. Elisabeth Hospital, Herrentals : 11 times
7- kidneys : Gasthuisberg, Louvain : 2 times
8- heart surgery for cardiac dysfunctioning : at AZ Imelda, Bonheiden : 3 times
9- diabetes intensive care : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 4 times
10- kidneys : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 1 time
11- heart surgery : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
12- kidney dialysis : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 1 time
13- internal hemorrhage : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
14- surgery : at St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
15- surgery for placing dialysis drains : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
16- intensive care in cardiology : at St. Elisabeth Hospital, Turnhout : 1 time
17- emergency room intensive care for anemia (leukemia) : St. Elisabeth Hospital, Turnhout : 1 time
18- emergency room intensive care : St. Elisabeth Hospital, Herrentals : 1 time
19- heart surgery : AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
20- on May 14th 2009, for heart problems caused by among other reasons lack of medications and insufficent treatments, Mr Vervloesem was to be admitted in emergency to the AZ St. Jan Hospital, Bruges, but the prison director, using a psycho-social service's report denied it.

kaartvzw Werkgroep Morkhoven - Zandvoort childpornnetwork:

Dutroux case 
Zandvoort case

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The murder of a Belgian anti-childpornography activist


The Belgian government covered up the child pornography case Zandvoort with 89,539 victims and has decided to murder slowly Marcel Vervloesem.

The activist who is seriously ill, must be immediately released from prison!

The cause now has ... members.
Their mission: Liberation of Morkhoven-activist Marcel Vervloesem



Saturday, January 23, 2010

The truth about belgian prisons


Prison teacher victim of new McCarthyism in Belgium

By IRR European News Team

1 October 2009, 3:00pm

The Platform for Free Expression in Belgium is demanding to know why a language teacher at Saint-Gilles prison in Brussels, who has spoken out against anti-terror laws and the demonisation of Muslims, has been banned from prisons on security grounds.

Four university professors have launched a petition to support 57-year-old Luk Vervaet who, on 10 August, was informed by phone by administrators at the prison of Saint-Gilles that he no longer had access to the prison where he had taught Dutch to prisoners for over five years. No reason was given, except that the decision ‘didn’t come from them’ but from ‘above’. A week later, on 17 August, his employer, the association which organises the courses in prison, received a letter from the General Director of the Belgian Prison Service, Hans Meurisse, saying that Luk Vervaet was forbidden for ’security reasons’ from access to all Belgian penitentiary institutions.

Secret evidence

During Vervaet’s five years of teaching in prisons, there has never been a complaint by the prison authorities about his work, nor has he ever been accused of breaching security. On the contrary, his relations with the prison governor, the prison guards and the student prisoners were all good. Luk has no right to know the basis of the ban, nor can he defend himself, despite the fact that he will be forced to quit his job and lose his livelihood.

A financial appeal has been launched to help Luk Vervaet fund a judicial review of the state’s action, which supporters see as a modern-day version of McCarthyism. It looks as though those who campaign against anti-terror laws and racism could be hounded out of public service, in much the same way as Communists were dismissed in the US, as well as in Germany under the Berufsverbot decree. (There were also similar measures against Communists and left-wing sympathisers in Switzerland until the 1990s).[1] Vervaet’s lawyer, Olivia Venet, has made an application for the release of his administrative file, as in Belgium, the state keeps a file on all workers in any kind of public service.[2] She has received an answer familiar to UK campaigners against anti-terror laws. While the state agreed to release the file, pages 1-3 would have to be removed on national security grounds. Secret evidence is now being used against an individual – this time not a Muslim terror suspect but a Belgian citizen who happens to teach in prisons.

The truth about Belgian prisons

Belgium prisons are so medieval, overcrowded and unhygienic that international bodies such as the Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee (CPT) have repeatedly denounced conditions, drawing attention to the growing number of suicide-attempts (particularly amongst juveniles). Belgians of a migrant background (mainly Moroccans and Turks) are also heavily over-represented in prisons. Luk Vervaet had attempted to draw attention to racism and the social crisis in prisons through writing occasional columns in national newspapers like La LibreLe SoirDe Standaard and De Morgen. He has also collaborated with academic research into prison conditions, high suicide rates, proposals to build ‘Titan’ prisons as well as the general demonisation, and criminalisation of young people from migrant backgrounds. He had also been active in several campaigns against the Belgian anti-terror laws, speaking out against the deportation of terror suspects to countries such as Morocco and the US that practise torture and/or the death penalty. His was also one of the few voices in Belgium prepared to argue that the proposed extradition to the United States of ex-footballer Nisar Trabelsi comprised a form of double punishment, as he is already serving a ten-year prison sentence in Belgium for a terrorist offence. What is particularly strange is that in 2009 the Belgian prison authorities granted Vervaet permission to visit Trabelsi in Lantin prison and no objections were raised. During his visits, Luk had been helping Trabelsi write a book and an appeal against his proposed extradition.

Defending human rights – a threat

‘Do his troubling questions and his numerous public declarations about the intolerable situation in Belgian prisons pose a security risk?’ ask the four university professors, whose petition has now been signed by an impressive array of supporters, from Socialist and Green parliamentarians, to artists, film-makers, musicians, journalists to academics working in the field of criminology, anthropology and medicine. Luk Vervaet, they argue, is nothing more than ‘a human rights activist for detained persons … Apparently today, someone who maintains contacts with or defends the fundamental rights of persons suspected of terrorism, becomes a suspect himself.’

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Belgium is a center of child trafficking

Belgium is a center of child trafficking

Belgian anti-childporn-activist Marcel Vervloesem victim of a systematic persecution

zandvoort.gevangenis.mail-2Antwerp, 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 Workgroup Morkhoven is since years taking action around an international network of childporn. 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 this work of the workgroup was generally praised and the investigator, Marcel Vervloesem, of the Workgroup Morkhoven 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.) the workgroup had to cope incessantly with opposition - since 1992 - on behalf of the Belgian Justice and Belgian political authorities.

The Workgroup Morkhoven not only became the victim of numerous insinuations and accusations but was also regulary critized by the Belgian Minister of Justice (Mr. S. De Clerck) for "the manner upon which the members of the workgroup spread rumours and tales full of phantasies". Following the Belgian Minister of Justice, the manner upon which the union handled these files was unacceptable and he had to offer resistance against this because it gave the impression that justice did not book any result."

The minister could not have summed-up this problem better to the heart of the matter. There was really never a serious search as to the solution of this problem.

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

Through the so called Zandvoort-case (after the murder of childpornmerchant Ullrich), Marcel Vervloesem was repeatedly the victim of insinuations and accusations.

After a TV-broadcast about the Zandvoort-case (RTBF Radio Television - "Faits Divers"), just after a press-conference of the workgroup and just before the TV-commentary about the Workgroup Morkhoven (VRT Radio Television - " The white knight of Morkhoven ") a judicial inquiry against Marcel Vervloesem of the Workgroup Morkhoven 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 of 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 Workgroup Morkhoven and co-worker of the RTBF-programme "Faits Divers" had to deal for months on end with telephone-disturbances, 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 department in the case of the disappearred German boy, Manuel Schadwald.
Over and over they were asked as to their connections with the Workgroup Morkhoven.

In an interview with a journalist of the newspaper "De Morgen", Gina Bernard stated that she had experienced 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 intimidating 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 Workgroup Morkhoven, decided that it could not go on 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 Workgroup did get so many positive reactions and requests to continue, that she will pick up her activities in the matter concerned. This, however, can't happen without the necessary guarantees. It no longer can be so that every person and every union, who works around the problematic of missing and/or murdered children or around the international pedophile-networks and sexual 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, unions who do thorough 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, December 10th, 1998, from 14.00 untill 16.00 o'clock, in the Van Maerlantstraat, on the opposite side of the European Parliament, Belliardstreet 97, Brussels.

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

Sincerely Yours,

Jan Boeykens
Verlatstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp (Belgium)
Chairman of the Workgroup Morkhoven

The Zandvoort case was never investigated by Belgian justice.

On September 5th, 2008, Marcel Vervloesem, activist of the Workgroup Morkhoven, was emprisonned after 10 years of false accusations and persecutions. He was sentenced to four years of prison for crimes which medicine recognizes he is physically unable to carry out.

Marcel Vervloesem is becoming blind, as a consequence of a hunger and thirst strike, to request the respect of his constitutional rights.

The priority of the government is to get Belgium rid of man who exposed corruption covering the industry of children's sexual exploitation.

Complain on the emprisonment of Marcel Vervloesem:

- Human Rights Watch New York, 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor, New York, NY 10118-3299 USA, Tel: +1-212-290-4700, Fax: +1-212-736-1300, Email:
- Human Rights Watch Berlin, Poststraße 4-5, 10178 Berlin, Germany, Tel: +49-30-259306-10, Fax: +49-30-259306-29, Email:
- Human Rights Watch Brussels, Avenue des Gaulois, 7, 1040 Brussels, Belgium, Tel: +32-2-732-2009, Fax: +32-2-732-0471, Email:
- Human Rights Watch Geneva, 64-66, rue de Lausanne, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland, Tel: +41-22-738-0481, Fax: +41-22-738-1791, E-mail:
- Amnesty International: Secrétariat international, 1 Easton Street, London, WC1X 0DW, Royaume-Uni, Téléphone: +44-20-74135500, Fax: +44-20-79561157
- Council of Europe, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, FRANCE, tel + 33 (0)3 88 41 34 21, fax + 33 (0)3 90 21 50 53,
- CEU, Professor Nsongurua Udombana, Central European UniversityRoom 507, Nádor u. 15, H-1051 Budapest, Hungary, Tel. (+ 361) 327-2479, Fax: (+ 361) 327-3198, E-mail:
- AMBASSADE ALGERIJE, AV. MOLIERE / MOLIERELAAN, 207 1050 BRUSSEL, tel 02.343.50.78, fax 02.343.51.68,
- AMBASSADE BRAZILIE, AV. LOUISE / LOUIZALAAN, 350 1050 ELSENE, tel 02.626.17.17 - 02.640.20.15 - 02.626.17.18, fax 02.640.81.34,
- AMBASSADE CANADA, AV. DE TERVUEREN / TERVURENLAAN, 2 1040 ETTERBEEK, tel 02.741.06.11, fax 02.741.06.43,
- AMBASSADE CHINA, AV. DE TERVUREN / TERVURENLAAN 443, 445 1150 SINT-PIETERS-WOLUWE, tel 02.779.43.33 - 02.663.30.10 - 02.771.14.97 - 02.663.30.17, fax 02.762.99.66 - 02.779.28.95,
- AMBASSADE CUBA, RUE ROBERTS JONES / ROBERTS JONESSTRAAT, 77 1180 UCCLE, tel 02.343.00.20 - 02.343.71.46, fax 02.344.96.61,
- AMBASSADE DUITSLAND, RUE JACQUES DE LALAING / J. DE LALAINGSTRAAT, 8-14 1040 BRUSSEL, tel 02.787.18.00, fax 02.787.28.00,
- AMBASSADE FRANKRIJK, RUE DUCALE / HERTOGSTRAAT, 65 1000 BRUSSEL, tel 02.548.87.11, fax 02.512.37.13 - 02.548.87.32 - 02.513.68.71,
- AMBASSADE INDIA, CH. DE VLEURGAT / VLEURGATSESTEENWEG, 217 1050 ELSENE, tel 02.645.18.50 - 02.640.91.40, fax 02.648.96.38,
- AMBASSADE ITALIE, RUE EMILE CLAUS / EMILE CLAUSSTRAAT, 28 1050 ELSENE, tel 02.643.38.50, fax 02.648.54.85,
- AMBASSADE JAPAN, AV. DES ARTS / KUNSTLAAN, 58 1000 BRUSSEL, tel 02.513.23.40, fax 02.513.15.56,
- AMBASSADE KOREA, CH. DE LA HULPE / TERHULPSESTEENWEG, 175 1170 WATERMAAL-BOSVOORDE, tel 02.675.57.77, fax 02.675.52.21,
- AMBASSADE KOREA (NOORD), 73, GUNNERSBURY AVENUE, W5 4L lond LONDON, tel +44 2089924965, fax +44 2089922053
- AMBASSADE LUXEMBURG, AV. DE CORTENBERGH / KORTENBERGLAAN, 75 1000 BRUSSEL, tel 02.737.57.00, fax 02.737.57.10,
- AMBASSADE MALEISIE, AV. DE TERVUEREN / TERVURENLAAN, 414 A 1150 SINT-PIETERS-WOLUWE, tel 02.776.03.40, fax 02.762.50.49,
- AMBASSADE MAROKKO, BLD SAINT-MICHEL / SINT-MICHIELSLAAN, 29 1040 ETTERBEEK, tel 02.736.11.00, fax 02.734.64.68,
- AMBASSADE MEXICO, AV. F. D. ROOSEVELT / F. D. ROOSEVELTLAAN, 94 1050 ELSENE, tel 02/629.07.77, fax 02.644.08.19 - 02.646.87.68,
- AMBASSADE MOLDAVIE, AV. F. D. ROOSEVELT / F. D. ROOSEVELTLAAN, 57 1050 BRUSSEL, tel 02.732.96.59, fax 02.732.96.60, -
- AMBASSADE NAMIBIE, AV. DE TERVUEREN / TERVURENLAAN, 454 1150 SINT-PIETERS-WOLUWE, tel 02.771.14.10, fax 02.771.96.89,
- AMBASSADE NEDERLAND, AV. HERRMANN-DEBROUX / HERRMANN-DEBROUXLAAN, 48 1160 OUDERGEM, tel 02.679.17.11, fax 02.679.17.72 - 02.679.17.75,
- AMBASSADE NIEUW-ZEELAND, SQ. DE MEEUS / DE MEEUSSQUARE, 1 1000 BRUSSEL, tel 02.512.10.40, fax 02.513.48.56,

vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven, Faiderstraat 10, 1060 Sint-Gillis, Belgium - Tel: (0032) 02 537 49 97,,

Photo: 2008, September 9th: action of the Workgroup Morkhoven in front of the door of the prison at Turnhout.

Belgium covers up the exploitation of children - Death-sentence for Marcel Vervloesem, activist of children's rights

International request for a strict application of European laws in Belgium

MetLeterme3.9.08 - The 20 years of publicity campaigns that MARCEL VERVLOESEM undertook with the Werkgroep Morkhoven, non-profit-making association which he founded to assist the discriminated people, already gave place to the modification of the law in four fields, including three at the Belgian level and the fourth at the European level.

Marcel Vervloesem showed that children were getting out of the isolation cells of a psychiatric hospital in Antwerp with arm and broken legs and that a five year old little girl had died in isolation. He has obtained the installation of a regulation for the use of the isolation cells in Belgian psychiatric institute.

He has shown the situation of Flemish prisoners interned in a French-speaking psychiatric institute where the medical staff did not speak Flemish, wereas they did not speak French. He has obtained that these Belgian people can be treated in their own country, in an institution where the staff could speak their own mother tongue.

He has exposed the prohibition of the handicapped people to go to the cinemas due to so-called security reasons. He obtained the regulation obliging that the security measures are adapted to the wheelchairs in all public places, by pleading that the fundamental right grants the equality to all.

He discovered in 1998, a file of more than 100.000 photographs of rapes, murder and torture of children, which were sold on Internet as from Zandvoort in Holland. It acted of the first material proof of a European circuit of child traders for sexual exploitation.

The president of the Council of Europe, then Wolfgang Schuessel, had officially thanked Marcel Vervloesem in an open letter, where he had underlined "his courageous and outstanding conduct" which had made it possible to carry the light on "the odious traffic" of sexual exploitation children. He is at the source of European directives for the child protection from sexual abuse and pornography.

Marcel Vervloesem currently exposes the need for new directives to protect Europeans from judgements which knowingly cover organized crime by the violation of the international laws. He exposes the release of criminals, as well as the condemnation of victims and witnesses of these crimes, by the means of voluntary faults of procedure, or by denial of justice.

Belgium has sentenced Marcel Vervloesem to four years of prison for crimes which medicine recognizes he is physically unable to execute and in full knowledge of a cancer, which would enable him to regain freedom alive.

His lawyer has presented two recourse to the Court European of the Human rights, of which one in with an urgent procedure, to prevent an imprisonment contra-indicated by 9/9 consulted doctors, of which experts appointed by justice. Five pages will have been necessary to make the list of violations of his fundamental rights.

Considering that if the Belgian authorities have a single possibility of treating in this manner a man who achieved so much, we, undersigned ask:

ALBERT II, King of the Belgians, to ensure that the justice pronounced on his behalf, is it in the respect of the international laws, with a particular attention on circuits aiming at the children's sexual exploitation who are active.

The BELGIAN GOVERNMENT, to set up a public commission of survey on the achievement by people who exert a public office, of unfair acts at the time of the performance of their duty or the abstention to make acts which belongs to the order of their duties, within the dossiers related to child rights and organized criminality.

Jan Boeykens
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven

Werkgroep Morkhoven vzw-asbl
Faiderstraat 10
1060 Sint-Gilles
Erkenningsnr. 443.439.55
Tel: 0032 (0)2 537 49 97


- 'le serveur “” can not be find'

Réseau pédocriminelle Zandvoort: photos - vidéos
- 1.8.2008: suspended, suspendu

Pedocriminal network Zandvoort: archives

Die cd-rom von Zandvoort: Plakat der Cd-rom von Zandvoort, Video-Brief an unseren Papst 1.8.2008: suspended, suspendu


Sign the petition:

If you have problems: 'Register' + 'Log in' on Or send a mail to,,

Contact: vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven, Faiderstraat 10, 1060 Sint-Gillis, Belgium - Tel: (0032) 02 537 49 97

Photo: Minister-President Yves Leterme and minister of Justice Jo Vandeurzen, both member of Christen Democrats, who are responsable for the violations of human rights in Belgium

Child abuse - Jersey stinks of Zandvoort



9.3.08 - 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".




Photo: Apollo, yacht belonging to Ulrich, owner of the Zandvoort file with 99.000 victims of childpornography

14:52 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: child abuse, jersey, zandvoort |  Facebook |

Paedophile rings: Pascal T, Dr Lloyd Alan Emmerson, Sergio Marzola,

From Operation Hamlet to Operation Video Child

proces-marcel 15.11.02722.2.08 - Named after this Danish Shakespearian prince, the “Hamlet operation” was done in August 2002 simultaneously in Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark and the United States. Ten months earlier in Denmark, Dr Lloyd Alan Emmerson, a 45-years-old Danish chiropractor, was exchanging photographs of his 9 years-old daughter. He belonged to an Internet criminal organisation called the “Fun Club”. Twenty-five people were arrested, mainly fathers photographed or filmed with web-cams, as they abused their daughters, aged between 2 to 14 years.

Dc Emmerson had a half million pédo- pornographic photographs and films. He pled not guilty, but was condemned to 30 years of prison. The Belgian branch was judged in such discretion that no one was informed. Sixty-five children were supposed to have been rescued when in 2006, the Austrian postal police intercepted several video clips of paedophile pornography. An autistic little girl was raped by a man she called "Daddy" in the Flemish slang of Bruges. Her younger sister was "playing model", dressed in erotic lingerie. Interpol immediately identified Pascal Taveirne in the "Hamlet" files.

Belgian law guarantees that an ascendant guilty of the rape of a child of less than ten years-old is sentenced of a minimum 17 years prison. It has obviously not been applied for Pascal Taveirn. His daughters did not get any protection measures, whereas one is autistic and all autistic children believe to have been confronted to death when they were babies, according to Bruno Bettelheim. They were four and five years old when the "Fun Club" was discovered. They were nine and ten on Operation Video Child day. The criminal was arrested in full discretion.

He had contacted by Internet Sergio Marzola, an Italian man living in Ferrare, webmaster and producer of child pornography, who gave him an appointment in a hotel of Bruges. He had been paid 250 euros to let his daughters filmed dressed in paedophile lingerie, 500 euro to film them naked and 750 euro for him to rape one of them.

The Italian authorities and the paedophile network were informed on the spot. Sergio Marzola hastened to organize his emigration to his second residence Ukraine. The Italian police let him do under high supervision and phone-tapping, which had the advantage of being able to surprise him with his "bare essential", all packed up and intended to be sent on the first aircraft to Kiev:
• A wardrobe of 500 erotic clothing for children;
• Hundreds of child pornography DVDs;
• An important computer and video equipment;
• An archive of 30.000 electronic letters;
• And 100.000 euro hidden into two loudspeakers.

He was arrested, suitcases in hands, this 11 August 2006. Suspected be the manager of approximately 30 Internet sites intended for the exchange of child pornography, Sergio Marzola earned from two to four hundred euro per transaction, for the modest monthly investment six hundred euro: a Web space at that cost, able to stand an important traffic.

The information, completely censored in Belgium, has arrived from Italy where people have been outraged of what has happened to the Belgian little girls, without Belgian people not knowing anything of what has happened. According to the Italian press: Taveirne has explained that the last film had provided him in five hours more money that he could earn in two weeks work; his wife explained that the pédo- pornographic lingerie was similar to summer clothes and the little girls are both severely handicapped.

Belgium's behaviour is explained by the fact that, according to its authorities, the country would be the only one in the world where paedophile networks do not pass: there are just isolated predators who share "private collections" of child pornography with other isolated predators.

There is one chance out of two that among the half million photographs of Dr Emmerson they are some of Zandvoort file, the connection making business being attached to the majority of the European rings. It not a "sufficient element" to order an inquiry in Belgium, as Zandvoort acts of an "individual" file, according to the minister of justice... with 90.081 victims!

Jacqueline de Croÿ, Vice-President Werkgroep Morkhoven - 20/08/2006




Photo: Marcel Vervloesem, activist of the belgian Werkgroep Morkhoven

Operation 'Koala'

Operation 'Koala': Worldwide child sex network broken up

Coninsx.06-eu-un_en_img_4912.11.07 - 23 victims identified - Italian, Belgian suspected of masterminding videos

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Police and prosecutors from across Europe have arrested 92 suspects allegedly linked to a network that produced and sold child abuse videos to 2,500 customers around the world, authorities said Monday.

The videos, ranging from girls in provocative poses to a father raping his young daughters, were sold to clients in 19 countries including teachers, doctors, lawyers and computer experts, prosecutors said.

The 23 victims, aged 9 to 16, were mainly Ukrainian girls duped into performing sex acts with promises of lucrative modeling careers.

The 15-month investigation — code-named Operation Koala — was triggered by the Australian police discovery in July 2006 of a video depicting a Belgian father raping his daughters, aged 9 and 11, said Menno Hagemeijer of the serious crime department of pan-European police organization Europol.

The huge investigation should "give a really clear signal to everybody that this activity is illegal, unacceptable and revolting," said Belgian prosecutor Michele Coninsx. "It is touching on the lives and souls of youngsters who cannot speak for themselves."

NBC World Blog - updated 12:21 p.m. ET Nov. 5, 2007

Prosecutor Michèle Coninsx:

Michèle Coninsx holds a Bachelor’s degree in law, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and also an Upper secondary school teaching degree (law) (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium). She has been instructor-expert with the Civil Aviation Administration Belgium (Ministry of Transport) in the fields of civil, judicial, constitutional, penal, criminal procedure, air law and aviation security. She has also been anti-terrorism instructor in the air with the National Aviation Security Committee (CAA). She has been Deputy (Substitute) Public Prosecutor at the Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of First Instance of Brussels (Belgium). She has been a member of the organised crime, serious larceny and anti-terrorist unit, responsible for armed robbery cases, terrorism, aviation crime, forgery and the application of the Schengen Agreement, etc. She has been - and is still - guest speaker at several international conferences. She has given courses on combating terrorism in the air and aviation security abroad at official aviation bodies, in the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. She acts presently as national magistrate specialised in terrorism (since November 1997). She is also Belgian Representative of Pro-Eurojust (since March 2001) as well as Chairman of ProEurojust (since July 2001).


Photo: EC Delegation in Geneva. Members of the European Parliament visit Geneva for the 59th session of the Commission on Human Rights. Left to right: Marie-Anne Coninsx, EC Delegation in Geneva; Edward McMillan-Scott (EPP-ED, United Kingdom); Carlo Trojan, Head of EC Delegation in Geneva; Bob van den Bos, Head of MEP Delegation (ELDR, Netherlands); Michael Cashman (ESP, United Kingdom); and Armin Laschet (EPP-ED, Germany), April 2003.

14:26 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: operation koala |  Facebook |

Le pédophile 'Vico' - 'Vico' identified

Interpol a identifié le pédophile "Vico" - 'Vico' identified

Vico.art_48130inside.HBlFUvqL_Pxgen_r_304xA'Maddy'Marok.akchar_213054aAlain 001La campagne d'appels à témoins internationale a porté ses fruits

LYON L'organisation internationale de police criminelle Interpol a annoncé lundi avoir identifié, grâce à un appel à témoins mondial, un homme surnommé "Vico" diffusant sur Internet des photos à caractère pédophile le mettant en scène avec des enfants, qui se trouverait en Thaïlande.

Cette campagne avait été largement relayée par les médias occidentaux.

Des images de cet homme en train de commettre des abus sexuels sur des enfants circulaient sur Internet depuis des années.

"Nous avons une très bonne raison de croire qu’il voyage autour du monde afin d’exploiter sexuellement des enfants vulnérables. En tant qu’organisation de police forte de 186 pays membres, Interpol est le mieux placé pour coordonner les efforts déployés dans le monde entier afin d’identifier cet homme et de le traduire en justice", avait déclaré un responsable d'Interpol lors du lancement de cette campagne.

Les opérations de recherche avaient été baptisées "VICO" après que l’analyse des photos - au nombre d’environ 200 mettant en scène 12 jeunes garçons différents - ait permis d’établir que les clichés avaient été pris au Vietnam et au Cambodge.

Nous n'en savons pas plus, à l'heure actuelle, sur l'identité du suspect.

La Dernière Heure,

© D.R.

Suspect in child sex abuse image series identified by INTERPOL, believed to be in Thailand

15 October 2007

LYON, France – The man photographed sexually abusing young children in Vietnam and Cambodia (Vico) in images posted on the Internet has been identified following a massive global response to INTERPOL’s appeal and is now believed to be in Thailand.

As a result of information provided to INTERPOL by five different sources from three continents, the suspected child abuser labelled 'Vico,' was identified as a man teaching English at a school in South Korea.

Within three days of the appeal, working with its National Central Bureaus around the world INTERPOL had also established the suspect's name, nationality, date of birth, passport number, and current and previous places of work.

14:21 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: vico identified |  Facebook |

Portugal: Casa Pia

Portugal awakens to horror of abuse


Portugal is in the grip of a paedophile scandal involving state-run orphanages, politicians, and TV stars. The allegations involve the organised abuse of children and stretch back 30 years - there is talk of a widespread cover up.

Some social commentators say it represents the greatest upheaval in Portuguese society since the revolution in 1974.

A man, who was a trusted employee at what was one of Portugal's most respected institutions, is now under arrest after a police investigation launched last November.

Famous names

Casa Pia was founded in 1870 and has cared for some of the country's most vulnerable children ever since. It now has more than 4,000 pupils, including the deaf and the blind.

But the scandal goes far deeper. Police have questioned a senior socialist politician, two of the country's most famous TV stars, doctors and lawyers. Almost every week the media reports other famous names alleged to have been involved with the organised abuse of children.

The affair has shocked Portugal - insular and traditional, which emerged from half a century of dictatorship only 30 years ago. "We had the revolution - that was a shock. But the second shock was the Casa Pia case," says Marcelo Nuno Rebelo de Sousa, a professor of law and social commentator. What is at stake now, he believes, is faith in the rule of law. "Portuguese society looked in the mirror and said we are ugly," he says. "It is not just solving the Casa Pia case, it's believing in democracy. It is believing we belong to Europe not just because we are in the European Union, but because we have a democratic system where justice works."

Reform opportunity

The scandal has also seen an awakening to the wider problems of sexual abuse. The country's victim support organisation, APAV, has been running TV adverts. Calls to its helpline have significantly increased. "Before Casa Pia" admits APAV's Claudi Belchior "it was something that would be kept silent for years and years... nowadays they are coming forward to report sexual abuse". Pedro Namora, a successful lawyer, remembers his days at the Casia Pia orphanage.

Bagao Felix, the government minister responsible for Casa Pia, says it is time for root and branch reform. "When there is a crisis there is always an opportunity - a new way of protecting and educating these young people," he says.

As for Pedro Namora, asked what he wants for the future he has a simple answer - "Justice".

5.10.07.getimage2007-10-05 - 17:22:00

Segundo Catalina Pestana Abusos sexuais na Casa Pia continuam

A Procuradoria-Geral da República (PGR) confirmou esta sexta-feira que está a investigar uma participação da ex-provedora da Casa Pia Catalina Pestana, na qual a antiga responsável revela novas situações de abusos sexuais na instituição.

A antiga provedora afirmou esta sexta-feira, em entrevista ao semanário Sol, “não ter dúvidas nenhumas de que ainda existem abusadores internos” na instituição, assim como que tem “fortes suspeitas de redes externas que continuam a usar miúdos da Casa Pia (de Lisboa) para abusos sexuais”.

Catalina Pestana, nomeada provedora no final do ano de 2003, após ter sido tornado público o caso de pedofilia com alunos daquele estabelecimento, revelou que um dia antes de abandonar o cargo, a 10 de Maio desse ano, escreveu uma carta ao Procurador-Geral da República, na qual contava “detalhadamente” as suas suspeitas.

Na entrevista, a antiga responsável garantiu saber da abertura de um inquérito “porque já fui ouvida”, acrescentando que, “não sei o que aconteceu entretanto, mas espero que, com a mesma frontalidade com que o senhor Procurador diz que o Código de Processo Penal tem de ser alterado, também não deixe ficar esse inquérito no fundo da gaveta”.

Segundo fonte do gabinete de Pinto Monteiro, a PGR recebeu a queixa da ex-provedora e procedeu à abertura de um inquérito-crime. Uma situação confirmada pelo próprio Procurador que, em declarações à RTP, disse não saber se os abusos sexuais naquela instituição continuam, mas que recebeu a denúncia de Catalina Pestana e a remeteu para o departamento competente, que está a investigar o caso.

Contactado pela rádio TSF, o Ministério da Solidariedade Social, que tem a tutela da Casa Pia, escusou-se a comentar as denúncias da antiga provedora, considerando que é necessário salvaguardar a reputação do estabelecimento e dos alunos que o frequentem.

A corroborar as denúncias de Catalina Pestana surgiu Pedro Namora, antigo aluno da Casa Pia e advogado, que, de acordo com a TSF, disse não ter provas, mas que subscreve as palavras da antiga provadora, garantindo que os alunos andam outra vez “cá fora” e são vistos “a jantar com personalidades que não conhecem de lado nenhum e a serem transportados de carro”, o que indicia um reinicio da prática de pedofilia.

Por sua vez, o também advogado e antigo aluno da instituição, Adelino Granja, em declarações à TSF, condenou a perpetuação dos abusos sexuais, considerando o caso como muito grave, mas lamentou que Catalina Pestana tenha voltado a meter o assunto nas primeiras páginas dos jornais, considerando que uma das diligências da ex-provedora era zelar pela reputação da Casa Pia.


A secretária de Estado para a Reabilitação, Idália Moniz, disse, entretanto, aos jornalistas, à margem de uma visita a um centro de acolhimento em Loulé, não ter conhecimento do conteúdo da queixa de Catalina Pestana à PGR.

“À tutela não chegou qualquer tipo de informação deste género, mas se está na PGR está bem entregue”, afirmou a governante.

14:15 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: portugal, casa pia |  Facebook |

'EU-wide alert system for missing children'

_44102996_maccann13_ap41630029.9.07 - EU plan for missing child alerts

Portugal will next week call for the creation of an EU-wide alert system for missing children, five months after Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday resort in the south of the country. The move has been welcomed by the McCann family.
Portugal, which holds the six-month rotating EU presidency, will make its call to justice and home affairs ministers at an EU meeting in Lisbon. It will propose that ministers consider expanding to all 27 countries a French alert system involving a nationwide media campaign and messages in stations and on motorways.

"In a Europe without borders ... when a kid disappears in France, maybe he's not in France any more, maybe in Germany, or any other EU country," an EU presidency official told Reuters. If a child goes missing in an EU country, the alert could immediately be sent out to all other member states, with details of the missing child's appearance and appropriate contact details for anyone with information.
In a statement released through Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, Madeleine's father, Gerry, said: "If this is true, we would very much welcome it as it would be a major step in the right direction. We feel it would be vital in protecting other children and their families. Kate and I have consistently campaigned to effect change throughout the EU to help protect children."

Madeleine went missing on May 3 in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz.

Paul Hamilos in Madrid, Esther Addley
Saturday September 29, 2007
The Guardian,,2179809,00.html

home_campaignSign up for Wireless AMBER Alerts

The first three hours after a child is abducted are the most critical to recovery efforts. Wireless AMBER Alerts™, an initiative of NCMEC and the wireless industry, have the potential to reach more than 242 million wireless subscribers with information to help bring abducted children home quickly and safely.

Wireless subscribers capable of receiving text messages and those whose providers participate in the initiative can sign up to receive free text message alerts in one of three easy ways:

- Text AMBER followed by a space and five-digit ZIP code to AMBER (26237) (available for most eligible wireless subscribers)
- Visit
- Register on your carrier’s Web site.

These subscribers become the eyes and ears of law enforcement when a child has been abducted.

To date, AMBER Alerts have helped to safely recover more than 360 children.
Join those who have already signed up for Wireless AMBER Alerts™ and help bring an abducted child home safely.

Alert system for missing children:

Body of Ylenia Lenhard, 5 years old, was found

Farewell Ylenia, we will never forget you

Ylenia-LenhardCopie de Put.vindplaats.bv000034_1

18.9.07 - The body of Ylenia Lenhard, 5 years old, was found naked, semi devoured by animals in a Swiss forest. She had been kidnapped on July 31, as she was going to fetch back a bottle of shampoo forgotten at the swimming pool. Not seeing her return, her mother, a nurse in pediatry, called the police force and the research had quickly been deployed.

It will prove that this day, Urs Hans von Aesch, a Swiss paedo- criminal sentenced 15 month prison for a case of child kidnapping and who would communicate on paedophiles forums, was waiting for a prey at Appenzell. He had kidnapped her and taken her in this forest about thirty kilometres away. He had an appointment with a shooting. A man, touched of a bullet in the chest, had managed to harpoon a car whose driver took him to hospital.

It a hundred meters away from there that under a cross, walkers will find the clothing of Ylenia folded in her bag. It is also a hundred meters away from there that another walker will find her body, six weeks later, in this terrible state. The van of Urs Hans von Aesch had been found in another forest the evening even of kidnapping, not far from the cyclist helmet and child's scooter of Ylenia. He will be also found there, with a bullet in the head, but only the following day!

The van was constellated with Ylenia's DNA and her clothing with Urs Hans von Aesch's DNA.

The place had been excavated twice, with fifty police officers, thirty firemen, seven dogs trackers and had been flown over by a helicopter. The army had been recalled in reinforcement, but only the impact of bullets had been found, revealing that one of the weapons had vanished with Ylenia.

The Swiss police force concluded that taken by remorse, the paedo- criminal had hidden the child and the weapon, to commit suicide with another weapon. The sniffer dogs would not have located the child, owing to the fact that it would have been buried very deeply. The animals of the forest would then have unearthed her, to explain she was not covered of earth.

But the shooting had taken place at approximately 13h00 and Urs Hans von Aesch had died at approximately 16h00, according to experts'. The place had been excavated twice, meter per meter, without nobody locating stirred up ground, which usually is inserted under the foot. There had not been of trace of spade or pickaxe, which should suppose that it would have hidden them with the weapon.

Werkgroep Morkhoven has difficulties to imagine that a 67 year old man could, in less than three hours, to dig such a hole without the police who came on the place of shooting noticing anything, then hid the weapon and the spade, then committed suicide with another weapon. Moreover, how to explain that the animals of the forest could located the child, but not the sniffer dogs?

The autopsy will speak better of what has happened to the poor child. Nothing excludes yet the assumption of a third man likely to have shot Urs Hans von Aesch and kidnapped Ylenia, to bring her back after the second hunt: after she had been used as an involuntary actress of the monstrosities which sell so well.

The Werkgroep Morkhoven and the Foundation Princess of Croÿ present their most moved condolences to Ylenia's mother. She will remain in our hearts for ever, side by side with all our other little martyrs. May all the prayers in the world be with you.


14:08 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: body, ylenia lenhard, 5 years old, found |  Facebook |

Ylenia case - Body of missing girl believed found

YleniaLenhardArsES_468x333-115.9.07 - Police in the eastern city of St Gallen say a body discovered is almost certain to be that of Ylenia, the five-year-old girl who went missing on July 31.
At a news conference on Saturday, a police spokesman said they were able to make the identification because of the general appearance of the body and jewellery found on it.
The corpse was uncovered by a private individual in a wood between the villages of Oberbüren and Niederwil.
The police said the buried body had been apparently dug up by wild animals.
The results of the autopsy are expected to be known by next Tuesday.
Ylenia is believed to have been abducted. On the day she disappeared from a swimming pool in Appenzell, the suspected kidnapper shot at and wounded another man in the chest before turning the gun on himself.

The child's body was found in the same wood where the shooting incident occurred. Passersby stumbled upon the corpse of the 67-year-old Swiss in a nearby forest, where the backpack and bike helmet the girl was carrying when she disappeared were also uncovered.

Police believe the girl was abducted in a white van with Spanish licence plates. An analysis of DNA taken from the vehicle indicated that it had been used to transport Ylenia.

The suspected kidnapper was a resident of eastern Switzerland before resettling with his wife in Spain in 1990.

Immediately following Ylenia's disappearance, Swiss police said investigations were also being carried out in Spain and Portugal, raising speculation of a possible link between her case and that of missing British girl Madeleine McCann.
McCann was last seen in the Algarve holiday region in Portugal at the beginning of May.


Missing children

Missing children and child murders are rare in Switzerland and the case of Ylenia has made the front page of national newspapers and magazines.
Editors became aware of the story's human-interest value following the media saturation in Britain over the McCann case. And earlier this week, 100 Swiss personalities signed an open letter to the government demanding a faster system to track down abducted children.
It called for an "abduction alert" to be issued as soon as a child is reported missing. The signatories include champion skater Stéphane Lambiel, former ski champion Pirmin Zurbriggen and Alinghi-billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli.

Ylenia from Appenzell in northeastern Switzerland was last seen at a swimming pool on July 31, according to police, who have declined to release her surname in keeping with Swiss privacy laws.
That evening police found her backpack, cycling helmet and scooter beside a path in woods about 30 kilometres from the swimming pool.
On August 1, in the same forest, police found the body of a man who they said had shot himself in the head with a pistol.
A day earlier he had shot and injured a 46-year-old man allegedly taking a nap. The younger man fled and was taken to hospital. He has since been discharged.
Police said the dead man was a Swiss native who had lived in Spain with his wife since 1990. His van, also found in the forest, had Spanish number plates and had been seen near a swimming pool in Ylenia's hometown on Tuesday morning.

September 15, 2007 - 5:59 PM
swissinfo with agencies

Madeleine adverts campaign launched

'The main objective of the Madeleine fund is to leave no stone unturned in the search for Madeleine'

C. 06-maddy-yleniaThe family of Madeleine McCann are to launch an advertising campaign to help find the missing four-year-old, it has been announced.

Up to £80,000 will be drawn from the fighting fund set up to search for the Leicestershire youngster and spent on newspaper, television and billboard adverts.

Made formal suspects in the disappearance of their daughter, Gerry and Kate McCann are keen to keep the focus on finding her.

The campaign, set to launch in two weeks, was announced at a media conference in their home village of Rothley.

In a statement issued through a spokeswoman for the family, Mr McCann's brother and fund director, John McCann, said: "On behalf of the extended McCann family and the Madeleine fund, I would just like to say how grateful we are for people's generosity and support.

"The main objective of the Madeleine fund is to leave no stone unturned in the search for Madeleine.

"To that end, I would like to announce that the fund will finance a broad range of initiatives in advertising to remind everyone that Madeleine is still missing."

Mr McCann said the adverts would focus on Spain, Portugal and other parts of Europe and would consist of billboards and other media.

He added: "This financing of advertisements will complement previous efforts by the fund and many motivated individuals - family, friends and people touched by our cause.

"I hope that the general public will continue to support us in this. It is so important that we remember - 'don't you forget about me', our lovely wee Madeleine."

15.9.2007 - Copyright © 2007 Ananova Ltd

Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited !


Statement by the Board of Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited

The Fund would like to thank everyone for their kindness, support and generosity.
Madeleine’s Fund was set up to:
Find Madeleine;
Support the Family;
Bring the abductor or abductors to justice and subject to that to help other missing children.

With the sudden dramatic and unexpected turn of events at the weekend the directors had to consider whether legal defence costs could be paid for by the Fund.

The Board has taken advice from Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP and Christopher McCall QC. The Board has been advised that payment of Gerry and Kate’s legal defence costs would be legally permissible subject to conditions about repayment in the event of a guilty conviction.

The directors of the Fund discussed this today. The two family directors, Brian Kennedy and John McCann withdrew from the meeting when the decision was made. Esther Mcvey chaired the meeting.

The Fund directors realise that there is not only a legal answer and recognise the spirit which underlies the generous donations to Madeleine’s Fund, which it is the directors’ responsibility to steer.

For this reason the Fund directors have decided not to pay for Gerry and Kate’s legal defence costs. We stress that Gerry and Kate have not asked for these costs to be paid. However, people have already called in offering their financial support. Any such fund to pay legal defence costs would have to be separately set up and administered.

At the heart of this campaign and Fund is a little girl confused, lonely and in need of her parents. This Fund’s money will be focused on finding that little girl and leaving no stone unturned.

12 September 2007


Sky News Video - McCanns May Sell Home To Meet Legal Bill:,,31200-12...

13:58 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: madeleine s fund |  Facebook |

Parents were falsely accused...

Nathalie Mahy and Stacy Lemmens were found just a couple of hundred metres from the place where they disappeared

lesfilles_APBelgium 12.9.2007: For 19 days the nation held its breath.
Step-sisters Stacy and Nathalie shared troubled childhoods. Together, they also shared death...

Haunted by the memory of the Marc Dutroux case, Belgium desperately hoped for a miracle.

But that miracle failed to occur: the bodies of Nathalie Mahy and her seven-year-old step-sister Stacy Lemmens were found dumped in a storm water system on Wednesday 28 June.

Their bodies were found just a couple of hundred metres from the Liège pub where they disappeared on the night of 9 June.

The discovery was, at least, an end to the mystery: what had happened to the two girls?

Earlier, Nathalie's father, Didier Mahy, had said in a television interview: "Nathalie is still alive. I feel it". But his feelings appear to have deceived him.

All four parents of the step-sisters have now been placed under the care of victim support workers and have refused to offer statements until they come to terms with the deaths of the girls.

The parents were able to view the bodies on Thursday morning and say their final farewells.


Troubled childhoods

Stacy had lived at 10 addresses in her short life and never knew her biological mother, Christiane Grianziero, who separated from 35-year-old steel worker Thierry Lemmens shortly after Stacy's birth.

Stacy and her eight-year-old brother moved with their father from one address and step-mother to another.

Grianziero was released from jail in April after serving time for drugs and prostitution crimes.

Child welfare officers kept tabs on the family, which eventually linked up with the family of unemployed mother Cathérine Dizier.

Dizier and Thierry did not live together officially; their apartments were in the same building. But in reality, they had a relationship and Stacy's step-brother, Sylvain, was born last year.

Dizier also brought three other children into the family, including Nathalie, who in the past year appeared to have regained structure in her life after the separation of her parents in 2001, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.

Father Didier Mahy gained custody of his five children last year, but the three youngest still went to their mother on Wednesdays and Fridays. Previously, Nathalie had only spent her weekends with her father.

Mahy claims the custody ruling was the turning point in Nathalie's life, stressing that she had started improving at school and was benefiting from greater structure in her life.


Lured away?

Justice authorities suspect that the two girls were lured to a place where the kidnapper or kidnappers would not easily be disturbed.

But only the culprit or culprits can give an accurate account of the girls' final moments and the route they took the night they disappeared.

Police have ruled out the possibility that the girls were victims of an accident. But they were not shot or stabbed. Instead, it is suspected they were strangled.

An autopsy on 28 June was to give the exact cause of death and whether the girls were sexually abused.

Initial indications are that Nathalie was sexually abused: she was found with her jeans rolled down to her knees and her pants pushed to one side.

Commercial broadcaster VTM has also cited sources claiming the autopsy revealed Nathalie was "very badly" abused.

It also said new tips have been given to police claiming the only suspect in the case harassed the girls a couple of hours before they disappeared.


Escape route

There are two likely routes from the pub where the girls disappeared to where their bodies were found.

Both offer benefits for a kidnapper, leading either via a couple of streets with houses to an open terrain that leads to the railway or via a playground to an isolated and dark sports area and construction site.

Main suspect and convicted child sex offender Abdallah Ait Oud was familiar with the terrain. On June 13, he turned himself in after seeing his photo on television. He denied having anything to do with the case and claimed to have an alibi. However, it was established that he was in the cafe that night. Moreover, he has a history of child abuse, for which he was incarcerated. He was released in December 2005 from a mental hospital after raping two minors, one being his niece. He never admitted to his previous crimes.
He was remanded in police custody again on 29 June.

While further investigations are necessary, it appears likely that once the kidnapper lured the girls away, he took them over the railway line and dumped them in the underground drainage system.

Due to heavy rains, the bodies might have been carried in the direction of a nearby bridge and an area so overgrown with scrub that police had difficulty accessing it.

The bodies were eventually found in the drains underneath metal roofs. The area had already been searched by police, but the undergrowth along the railway was cut back, allowing police to comb the area more intensively.


Suspicious letter

Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf' received an anonymous letter on 28 June containing detailed information about the area where the girls' bodies were found.

The envelope contained two maps, with a hand-written text: "Probable location Stacy + Nathalie". A cross marks the spot on the maps where the girls were predicted to be found.

Despite the fact the girls were found 2km further away along a railway, the newspaper said the letter implies that the sender was the killer or was aware of what the killer or killers had done.

The newspaper has handed the letter — which was posted in Rotterdam on Tuesday — over to Amsterdam police. Belgian federal police have asked Amsterdam colleagues to send the letter to Liège with priority.


Sympathy and flowers

A flow of outrage and sympathy has been expressed across Belgium after the discovery of Stacy and Nathalie's lifeless bodies.

King Albert and Queen Paola are "very moved" and "share the great pain of the families", a royal palace spokesman said.

Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde, currently on a trade mission to Moscow, expressed their sympathies "as parents to the parents who have lost a child".

"Out of respect, we will not publicly say anything more about the trade mission and cut short our walk," Prince Filip said on the Red Square in Moscow.

Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt expressed the government's deepest sympathies, stressing he was deeply saddened by the tragedy.

He congratulated police for their efforts and said together with Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx and Interior Minister Patrick Dewael the priority was now identifying the killer(s).

The Belgian Parliament has observed a minute's silence.

The chief of the federal police's missing persons unit, Alain Remue, said he will leave Liège with mixed feelings: "We have worked together fantastically. We found them, but not alive".

Reminded about Julie and Mélissa who were rescued from Dutroux's secret dungeon alive, Remue said the case of Stacy and Nathalie was a test for the nation's police force following reforms carried out after the Dutroux case.

"But it was not our intention to prove that much had changed," he said, adding simply that he "had so much wanted to find the two children alive".

Shortly after the discovery of the girls' bodies, the public started laying flowers and messages of support in the area where the girls were found. Flowers were also placed at the city court, while children left behind drawings.

29 June 2006

13:53 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: falsely accused, parents |  Facebook |

Princess Jacqueline de Croÿ writes Dr. McCann

goed.1984281133_1999997234_337x253From: Fondation Pcesse de Croÿ
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 8:34 PM
Subject: About Zandvoort
Dear Dr McCann,

I am Jacqueline de Croÿ, vice-president of the Werkgroep Morkhoven. My partners are those who have seized the Zandvoort files from the paedophile criminal Ulrich, showing 90.081 victims. We have been contacted by German journalists concerning Alapetite, to know whether this lead was plausible or not, as he is one of the Zandvoort criminals by the ways of the Coral and Toro Bravo branches.

It took us a little while to realise we had been mislead by all the nonsense written by the press in general. We used to think your daughter was abducted by an isolated predator, until we had a closer look on what Antonio Toscano said. I took the liberty to send you the resume of our views. I hope my style has not offended you. Here are the links if they can be of any use:


We would NOT swear that your daughter’s abduction was ordered by Alapetite, but the elements seem to show Alapetite knows those who did it, and that they are linked to Urs Hans von Aesch. I would, if it is possible, suggest that Mrs von Aesch be grilled.

We cannot promise anything, as these are dodgy grounds, but we will try our best and keep you informed.

Kind regards
Jacqueline de Croÿ and the Werkgroep Morkhoven

Fondation Princesse de Croÿ -
Werkgroep Morkhoven VZW-ASBL -
10 rue Faider - 1060 Bruxelles - Tel ** 32 (0) 2 537 49 97

Torture of children: Letter to governments and members of parliament

Morkhoven: letter to governments and members of parliament


Morkhoven, April 11th 1999

Excellenties, Honorable members of parliament and government

Re.: The disappearance, sexual molestation and torture of children

Hereby enclosed, you will find a few photographs, of which the horrible images speak for themselves.
These are only a few of thousands of photos we found on the internet after the scandal of childpornography in Zandvoort (NL).
On the internet, you can find tens of thousands of children being tortured and/ or sexually molested, while the public authorities don't take enough action to trace and punish the organisers and executioners of these horrendous crimes.
As a result of this, the greater part of these criminals get non-restricted opportunities to continue their degrading and destructive work.
The numerous victims, however, are scarred for life, or are forced to function in a prostitution network from a very early age.
Some victims don't survive the years of mental and physical abuse.
It is remarkable that the persons and/or groups who fight against the sexual exploitation and torture of children, don't receive the necessary support from their government. In 1997, for example, magistrats of the court of justice in Dendermonde (where there was a investigation about the so-called Belgian Temse-network) used other people's criminal records in order to be able to convict Marcel Vervloesem, investigator of Werkgroep Morkhoven.
In doing this, this court of justice wanted to bring all actions and investigations by Werkgroep Morkhoven concerning international childpornography networks, to an end.

We do not wish to abandon our believe in- and hope for a better world for the children as mentioned above.
Therefore, may we request of you any measures necessary to put an end to the childpornography trade, of which these pictures testify, on the internet, as well as outside it ?

Looking forward to your reply, I remain,


Jan Boeykens
Verlatstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
chairman Werkgroep Morkhoven

PS. Werkgroep Morkhoven has informed the Belgian minister of Justice by letter that the discovered childpornography material - if asked - will be handled over to the Belgian authorities for further investigation.

European Union: the 200.000 Euro study

Childoscope.getmsgThe 200.000-euro truncated information where intended to the Council of Europe...

In November 2001, Childfocus and its "European Centre for the Missing Children and Sexually Exploited", with the help of EEC funding, published the "Childoscope directory". It aimed at giving an overall picture on the fellow-member organisations in Europe, on the basis of information given by them in an "identification form".

Fifteen Belgian, Hungarian, Rumanian and English organisations, would have answered, making the same syntax and grammar mistake: - "We have contact with the parents by telephone, Meeting", though the identification form does not suggest any these answers.

The Daphne program which financed the copy/paste, will grant its author an extra 200.000-euro, to make a study requested by the Council of Europe, asking the Commission to have a study drawn up on the actual extent of the phenomenon of missing or sexually exploited children; the existence, role and structure of the civil society organisations in the Member States actively supporting their search and the legal issues arising from the involvement of such organisations. (ref: Resolution 2001/C 283/01 on the contribution of civil society in finding missing or sexually exploited children and Childfocus website:

Since, Childoscope became a computerized form with check boxes, of which Childfocus has management and decides in all discretion, of which organisation can appear in it.

The information given to the Council of Europe remains truncated or false.

Four Rumanian organisations had been inscribed without their knowledge, though they did not meet the framework of the study. Childfocus has treated of "tabloid" the most famous of the Rumanian initiatives for the research of missing children, which seems justify that the Council of Europe be kept unaware of its existence.

Although Italy counts at least fifty civil organisations concerned by the study, the Council of Europe has only been advised of twelve of them, the most famous having been eliminated: Meter, directed by Father Fortunato di Noto, a national hero of the fight against the paedophilia in Italy.

Childfocus also assumed to have the right of hiding to the Council of Europe the organisations taking care of the most sensitive files in Belgium: the Zandvoort and Nihoul/Nigeria cases.

The email dated April 4, 2007 from Childfocus to the organisation "Troviamo i bambini", shows that the NGO spreads the rumour according to which, the association Werkgroep Morkhoven, who has exposed the Zandvoort case, would invent "assumed conspiracies and networks of paedophiles", whereas an Interpol report shows it counts 90.081 victims. In the same manner, the Foundation Princess of Croÿ, who has exposed the Nihoul/Nigeria case, would just spread a "systematic collection of rumours and assumed scandals", whereas it brings as proof medical certificates showing the traces of tortures on six of their victims.

Considering the gravity of the question, the light manner with which it has been treated, and the capital issue for the Council of Europe of being in a position to base its decisions on exact information, is not it a must that it gets a serious report on the questions asked in 2001, added of a studies:

— On the facts constitutive of crime against humanity in the Zandvoort case and the measures to take on a European level to dismantle the network;

— On the existence of gap in the law within the countries of the Union, witch favours the sexual exploitation of children, of which:
-The possibility to condemn the member of an organisation for "possession of child pornography", for the period during which he has seized the evidence from a paedophile criminal and given them to justice (REF: Vervloesem case in the Zandvoort file)
-The possibility for magazines aiming at young people to publish the names and addresses of minors of age, exposing them to paedophile criminals ("7 Extra" case)

— On the existence of structures in each Member States, allowing all citizens to forward child pornography to the local authorities, without incurring the risk of legal proceedings;

— On the existence, the role and the structure of the organisations resulting from the civil society within the Member States working actively and officially at the protection of paedophiles criminals, along with the arrangements for their involvement and cooperation with other organisations;

— The reality and the extent of corruption from civil servants within the Member States in cases related the sexual exploitation of children;

— On the existence of trusts of organisations that show an aim of child protection, who wilfully diffuses false information, with aim at harming other organisations, or bringing discredit on the testimonies of victims.

Babies for masturbation

'Babies for masturbation'

Microsoft.pict_100473From: MSN Groups Customer Support

Date: 16.5.2007 20:58:11
Object: SRX1035567586ID - MSN Groups Warning - Action Required (WerkgroepMorkhoven)

Hello Managers,

We have been informed of a Code of Conduct violation within your WerkgroepMorkhoven group, located at You have 24 hours to remove the inappropriate materials posted at the following link:

If you remove the said materials, your group will be again in compliance of the MSN Code of Conduct, and will remain open for your access. Otherwise, we will be forced to close down your group. We hope you could bring it into compliance as soon as possible.


Paul John
MSN Groups Customer Support


--- Original Message ---
From : "werkgroep morkhoven"
Sent : Thursday, May 17, 2007 5:55:58 PM UTC
To : ""
Subject : RE: SRX1035567586ID - MSN Groups Warning - Action Required (WerkgroepMorkhoven)

Dear Sir,

We will remove the article.

At the other hand, we have some serious questions about Microsoft's censoring-politic (not only in China but also in the European countries).

The article was published in 2003 and was just a complaint against belgian justice that is doing nothing against this kind of organised child abuse.

Can Microsoft not sustain the fight of pedophile networks ?

Jan Boeykens
President Werkgroep Morkhoven


Van: MSN Groups Customer Support

Verzonden: vrijdag 18 mei 2007 1:24:53
Aan: "werkgroep morkhoven"
RE: SRX1035567586ID - MSN Groups Warning - Action Required (WerkgroepMorkhoven)

Hello Jan,

Thank you for writing to MSN Groups.

We apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced.

We have forwarded this mail to our product team for further evaluation.

Thank you for using MSN Groups.


Paul John
MSN Groups Customer Support

01:50 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: babies for masturbation |  Facebook |

Babies for sale

Babies-for-sale trade faces a global crackdown

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usAttempts by Western families to adopt children from poor nations have fuelled a rogue market in young lives. But at last action is being taken. Carolyn Wheeler reports from Lviv, Ukraine

The thick stack of photographs pulled from a manila envelope in Maria Chernyk's cupboard explains all she has to say about foreign adoptions. Each year, the director of Lviv's Orphanage No 1 sends a handful of children overseas: most to the United States, many to Italy, some to Germany, France and Canada, one to a Ukrainian couple in Manchester.

She tracks them with this collection of photos: a sweet blond boy with a crossed eye, a slender, solemn-faced girl who needed heart surgery, a little boy so traumatised by his past that he never spoke.

Each family paid dearly for the privilege of being parents, over £15,000 in many cases, to cover travel, agency fees and the demands of dozens of bureaucrats.

Chernyk is a staunch defender of the web of bureaucracy and money that foreign adoption has become: her orphanage is better able to care for the children left behind with donations that include a television, new carpets and medicines. And the children adopted are - judging from the photographs - well cared for far from the run-down orphanage and far from the politics threatening the adoptions of others like them.

'I am in favour of, and will continue to support, international adoption, because I have seen the results,' said Chernyk, whose orphanage is so strapped for resources she had to ask a friend abroad to collect milk powder last year.

Overseas adoption is big business, and growing: last year, more than 2,150 Ukrainian children and almost 8,000 Russian children were adopted to foreign countries. Most of those went to the US, where Russia is second only to China as a provider of adoptees and Ukraine ranks sixth. Italy and Spain adopt hundreds of children each year, as do Canadians. British parents applied to adopt 26 Russian children last year - none from Ukraine, where adoption is on hold over a disagreement over regulations.

China is still a reliable source of girls but eastern European countries are also popular. A child who looks like his or her parents leads to fewer embarrassing questions in the playground or supermarket. It is often faster to get a baby or toddler from abroad and adopting from another culture, particularly a country where adoption records are sealed and poverty is rampant, takes away some of the fear of a birth mother coming knocking.

In an industry fuelled by money and the desperation of would-be parents, and complicated by haphazard or non-existent regulations, private agencies and corruption among poorly paid officials, there are countless tales of fraud - babies sold twice to different families, adoption facilitators who have made off with thousands, mothers who were duped into giving up their newborns.

Some families spend thousands only to go home empty-handed, after finding the child referred to them is ill, or not the right age, or gender, or that the official required to approve an adoption is ill or has been fired. Even in above-board adoption cases, large donations to orphanages are considered mandatory, whether as money or in clothing, food or medical supplies and adoptive parents are counselled to bring gifts for a long list of government officials to help things go smoothly.

'I have to be careful what I say, but an awful lot of $100 bills were floating across tables in Kiev and Odessa. It did appear to open things up and get things moving,' said Brad Parr, a 47-year-old Texan who adopted a two-year-old Ukrainian girl two years ago, after weeks of arguing with officials, weeding through listings and travelling from orphanage to orphanage. 'It worked out we got a great kid but we had to put a lot of pressure on them - you're not going there to be a tourist. You're going to conduct business.'

And the business is lucrative. A decade ago, several doctors and nurses in Lviv were charged with accepting bribes and forging documents, even coercing mothers into giving up their newborns or telling them their babies had died, to allow them to be adopted abroad.

Today, Ukrainian adoption officials won't talk about that case, except to say it was the catalyst for sweeping changes to foreign adoption laws. Families from abroad who could once take babies straight from maternity homes, must now wait for older children who have spent a year listed with the National Adoption Centre's registry, and may not look at any child other than the given referral. Private agencies, which flourish in other countries, are now illegal in Ukraine, though a number operate outside Ukraine to co-ordinate documents and arrange translators.

But baby-selling accusations have popped up in almost every country that permits foreign adoptions. In June, British Children's Minister Margaret Hodge suspended all adoptions from Cambodia over charges of falsified documents, illegal adoption facilitators and the coercion of mothers to hand over their children.

For many young Cambodian orphans, adoption means a much sought-after ticket to prosperity and security but the darker side is widespread reports of unscrupulous brokers buying infants from poverty-stricken parents and selling them, at a huge profit, to Western couples.

More than 2,300 children have been adopted by foreigners in Cambodia in the last six years. The Prime Minister, Hun Sen, suspended all foreign adoptions for a short period four years ago but then lifted the ban, pending legislation regulating the industry.

'It's the worst form of exploitation. The parents are often desperate and will turn a blind eye or simply do not want to know,' said one charity worker in the capital, Phnom Penh. 'This country is without a proper system of law and pretty much everything can be bought: officials, permits, people. The problem is the demand not supply. If we stamp it out here it will go elsewhere.'

Middlemen persuade women in dirt-poor villages to give up their babies for between $20 and $50 or babies are bought directly from orphanages in Cambodia, which has a long tradition of children being sold into prostitution or slavery.

Main Dim, 40, was divorced with five children when she became pregnant by a man who abandoned her. Worried that she would not be able to care for another child, Main Dim agreed to sell her baby for $50. 'He was crying when I let him go. So was I,' she said. Still, she is seen as 'the lucky one' in her village of Laing Kout. Unlike others, she gets $100 a year from the American family and has received dozens of pictures: the boy bundled in ski clothes, in a bath with his blond-haired sister and another Cambodian brother.

'I still miss him, but when I see the pictures I'm happy, because he does have a better life than any I could give him,' she said, showing off a radio given to her by the boy's new family. 'If they offered to give him back, of course, I'd want that. But at least I know he's being taken care of.'

Sou Soam, 64, hopes that's true for her grandson, too, but she has no way of knowing. She sold the day-old boy for $40 after her daughter died in childbirth seven years ago. 'I just want to see how he's grown, what he looks like,' said Sou Soam. 'I had no money and five other grandchildren to care for.'

Most Cambodian parents think they were doing the right thing. Run Chenda, sold by her mother into prostitution aged nine for $80, says children who go to rich foreigners are the lucky ones. 'If I could trade places with any of them, I would,' she said.

In Azerbaijan, six doctors and nurses are now on trial on charges of illegally handing over nearly 200 children to foreigners for adoption. A temporary moratorium has been declared on foreign adoptions in the country until the rules are re-examined.

Romania, which 15 years ago had massive media coverage over the state of its orphanages, passed a law in July limiting foreign adoption to a child's grandparents. Last month, France and Romania set up a committee to help 130 French couples already in the process of adopting Romanian orphans.

In Russia, where tabloids fed on the news that German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder had adopted a Russian child and that actress Angelina Jolie planned to, deputy prosecutor-general Vladimir Kolesnikov said bribery and fraud is still widespread. Last year a man was jailed after selling 558 children over the course of eight years.

'There is trafficking in children in Russia,' said Ekaterina Lakhova, head of the Duma committee on family affairs and a critic of foreign adoption. She points to reports of Russian children being abused in their new families: an American couple in New Jersey were jailed for 10 years for abusing their seven-year-old adopted son, Viktor, who died of hypothermia after being made to sleep in an unheated cellar, and a Colorado woman recently tried to re-sell her Russian daughter on the Internet.

'We are unable to monitor the support of Russian children adopted by foreigners. Russia's jurisdiction does not transcend the borders of our country,' Lakhova said.

In 2000, President Vladimir Putin required all adoption agencies in Russia to obtain certificates, a process that temporarily halted adoptions and left the country with about 90 private agencies, more than half based in America.

But Russia is now about to go further. After a series of committee hearings last week, the Duma is considering a draft law to limit adoptions to countries that have signed a bilateral agreement. This would temporarily halt adoption to Britain and Italy, and entirely end adoptions to Canada and the US. Lakhova estimates some 100 agencies work illegally in Russia.

'It is virtually impossible to bring people abusing these procedures to criminal or administrative responsibility. There is a need to establish state control over the adoption procedure in Russia and to ensure the rights of adopted children abroad.'

As the political debate continues, would-be parents are faced with a long, expensive and uncertain process while orphanage directors worry that a major source of donations will dry up.

'I would tell those politicians [who would block adoptions], then provide these children with a good life,' Chernyk said. 'I am always struggling with people like that. I am used to it. But every time I hear that, I say just try. You just try to come here and take care of these kids, wash them, feed them, clothe them.'

The orphanage, a 30-year-old brick building in a grey suburb, receives state money only for food, medicine, utilities and staff. It's a paltry amount: Employees are paid an average of 400 hryvnya, £40, per month; the budget allows 2,000 hryvnia, or £203, a year for medicine for 120 children, and 130,000 hryvnya, £13,200, for food.

Between 10 and 14 children share a room with two carers, small white beds lined up end to end, and a picture of Jesus with lambs on the wall. Murals, painted by volunteers in the common rooms, break up the monotony and each room is spotlessly clean. An upstairs room boasts a television and a new rug; a playroom is crammed with toys, all courtesy of charities in Ukraine and abroad.

But the hallways are dark, their lightbulbs burnt out with no money to replace them, or turned off to save electricity. The hallway floors and staircases are cold, bare cement. Paint peels and the smell of cabbage wafts through the hallways.

It is an existence of little hope for children caught in a legal limbo: those left here by a parent who has little to no contact, but will not relinquish parental rights. For the few available for adoption, the thought of a family of their own - even one far away that speaks a different lan guage - is an obsession. Gifts left behind by adoptive parents, books, a stack of Canadian flags, are constant reminders. Meanwhile, the children don't know the world outside these walls but they all say: 'I want a mother, I want a father.'

'All kids want a family,' Chernyk said. Adoption advocates, who are also working to make adoption more appealing to local families, say any move to tighten regulations will condemn thousands of children to a life that ends on the street'.

'I feel really sick about what was pronounced there,' said Boris Altschuler of Russias Right of the Child advocacy group. 'We must be grateful that these people save our children, more than 7,000 a year, and give them the happiness of life in a family. We should not be counting the money in their pockets.

Sunday November 21, 2004


01:47 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: babies for sale |  Facebook |

The untold story of the Romanian 'orphans'


Image Hosted by

The untold story of the Romanian 'orphans' - Roelie Post

Romania needed to reform its child rights policy, as one of the conditions for its future EU Membership. Large ‘orphanages’ were closed and replaced by modern child protection alternatives.

The author kept a diary on her work for the European Commission that aimed to help Romania reform its child protection.

She soon found out that the intercountry adoption system in place was nothing short of a market for children, riddled by corruption. After international criticism this practice was halted temporarily. When redrafting laws, it became clear that in Romania’s reformed child protection there was neither place nor need for intercountry adoptions.

A ferocious lobby that wants to maintain intercountry adoptions stepped out.

The reader is taken along on an eight-year-travel, and will be shown the story of the Romanian ‘orphans’ from a different light, where global politics and private interests compete with the rights of the child.

BUY NOW: 22,90 Euro (272 pages)

EuroComment Bookshop
rue Stévin 186

You can pay through the Internet or you can send an e-mail to: and you will receive the details for bank payments. untold story of the Romanian 'orphans'

01:30 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: the romanian orphans, untold story |  Facebook |

Free Marcel Vervloesem !

Marcel Vervloesem...

He discovered the child porn network Zandvoort. He was prosecuted and imprisoned. We fight every day for his liberation.


Fight childporn: Zandvoort case


Brussels, 20 December 2009
Today, around 20.00 hrs., I received another phone-call from Marcel Vervloesem from the prison of Turnhout.
His health is still in a very bad shape.
As you know, he is not only suffering from a heart condition and a kidney-disease, and he has been operated upon 20 times, etc...but he allso has severe diabetes which since 10 days now allready can no longer be controlled, while he is now allso suffering from severe bronchitis.
Over a period of three weeks, he has lost 18 lbs of weight.
The docters have injected another type of insulin into his body, but his blood sugar has again risen to such a high level that his life is now again in immediate danger. There is a serious risk that he goes into diabetic coma, because his glychemia has been that high these last days that it could't be measured any more.
He is lying on his bed all day long, because he isn't able to do anything else anymore. He feels like vomiting all the time, he feels dizzy all the time, and he can hardly see anything anymore.
He actually should immediately be brought to a hospital, but the Minister of Justice, De Clerck, and the Directorate-General of the Peniteniary Institutions, who must know about this situation because I have written a letter to them last week about it, as I have allso called the Cabinet of the Minister, apparently find this situation normal.
Marcel's lawyer has made a phone-call yesterday to Eric Geudens, the director-attaché of the prison of Turnhout, who told him that 'nothing was the matter with Marcel'.
It is this same man, Eric Geudens, who recently wrote in his report to the Court.....that the conditional  release or the penitentiary leave of Marcel Vervloesem would contain 'a risk, because of his involvement with anti-paedophilia organizations which keenly make use of the media.'
About a year ago, Eric Geudens had allready said that 'nothing was the matter', and the consequence of that assertion was that it took the docters of the hospital of Turnhout 13 hours to save Marcel's live by means of a heart-reanimation machine
Is remains unclear what will happen in the next days and during the forthcoming hollidays.
As long as the Directorate-General of the Penitentiary Institutions and Minister De Clerck (whom I will again contact today through mail) will do nothing and remain opposed to Marcel being allowed to enter a hospital, this worrying situation will not change.
The continuous exchanges of phone-calls between docters, doesn't make any sense, as long as this situation drags on. In fact, one should say that this means nothing else than that they are playing with his live.
One should allso consider the fact that between eight o'clock at night and seven o'clock in the morning, there is no medical nursing personel at all in this prison.
Nor did they take the care to provide the prison with a medical observation-team, and the prison-guards are unable to continuously watch the state of Marcel's health and to find out if he is just sleeping or if he has gone into a coma.
Tomorrow I will again call all the Services and I will once again contact the Cabinet of Minister De Clerck.
Il will allso send around some fax-messages, in order to make sure that nobody will be able to pretend, if something serious should happen, that they knew nothing about it.
We will allso inform the press and the representatives by means of short press messages.
If someone would wish to write a letter to Marcel:
Gevangenis Turnhout
t.a.v. Marcel Vervloesem
Afdeling 4, cel 86
Wezenstraat 1
2300 Turnhout (Belgium)
(Due to the fact that letters to Marcel regularly disappear, we recommand that you send your letter or post-card by registered mail.)
Jan Boeykens
President of the non-profit organisation vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven.

Following is list of more than 20 emergency room trips and surgical operations endured by Marcel Vervloesem, of which Belgian minister of justice and his cabinet members were informed more than 40 times. This prominent official advocates publicly for a "humane and equitable" justice, and states that a prisoner 'can be released from jail only 3 days before his expected death'.

1- malignant cancer : treated at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 2 times
2- kidneys : at St Elisabeth Hospital, Herentals : 5 times
3- pancreas : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 2 times, University IA, Anvers : 1 time
4- emergency in intensive care for pancreatite : 2 times
5- emergency in intensive care for pancreatite : University IA, Anvers : 1 time
6- intensive care : Fabiola Hospital, Sambreville and St. Elisabeth Hospital, Herrentals : 11 times
7- kidneys : Gasthuisberg, Louvain : 2 times
8- heart surgery for cardiac dysfunctioning : at AZ Imelda, Bonheiden : 3 times
9- diabetes intensive care : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 4 times
10- kidneys : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 1 time
11- heart surgery : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
12- kidney dialysis : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 1 time
13- internal hemorrhage : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
14- surgery : at St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
15- surgery for placing dialysis drains : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
16- intensive care in cardiology : at St. Elisabeth Hospital, Turnhout : 1 time
17- emergency room intensive care for anemia (leukemia) : St. Elisabeth Hospital, Turnhout : 1 time
18- emergency room intensive care : St. Elisabeth Hospital, Herrentals : 1 time
19- heart surgery : AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
20- on May 14th 2009, for heart problems caused by among other reasons lack of medications and insufficent treatments, Mr Vervloesem was to be admitted in emergency to the AZ St. Jan Hospital, Bruges, but the prison director, using a psycho-social service's report denied it.

kaartvzw Werkgroep Morkhoven - Zandvoort childpornnetwork:

Dutroux case 
Zandvoort case

00:33 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: fight childporn, zandvoort case |  Facebook |

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Childporn activist Marcel Vervloesem

tralies.imagesBrussels, january 11 2010

Yesterday I have once again written an e-mail to all the Belgian and European representatives to inform them of the fact that one of the members of our association had for the fourth time nearly gone into coma because his blood sugar level, which has been uncontrolable ever since the last time they locked him up in the isolation-cell, suddenly dropped to 50 yesterday morning.
Marcel Vervloesem's most recent stay in the isolation-cel was the result of his protests against the decision of Erwin Boosten of the prison's case-management office who had invited Mr. Vervloesem to his desk only to inform him of the fact that 'there was no longer any chance that he would be released on Parole' and that 'he would personally make sure that restrictions would be imposed on the number of letters and visits Mr. Vervloesem had the right to recieve'. This decision has been supported by the Directorate General of the Department of Penitenciary Institutions in Brussels and has tacitly been approved by the minister of Justice De Clerck.
Mr. Erwin Boosten took this decision in a reaction to Morkhoven's prior criticism of the case managers of the prisons of Turnhout and Brugge because of the way in which they endlessly kept tampering with the case of Marcel Vervloesem, and because of the fact that they even committed legal offences while doing so. In fact, the case managers of Marcel Verloesem had not only hidden several medical documents regarding Mr. Vervloesem from their report to the court for the implementation of criminal punishments, but in this report they had allso falsified several facts from the sentence which had been pronounced by the criminal court in the case against Mr. Vervloesem.
Therefore, they crushed Marcel Vervloesem's attempts to protest against this situation by locking him up for a period of 7 days in an unaired isolation-cell, thus raising the total number of days he has spent in isolation to 50.
As usually, the letters which we wrote to the minister of Justice Stefaan De Clerck, who claims that the legal system in this country is 'human and righteous', didn't have the slightest effect.
The state of Marcel Vervloesem's health is deteriorating every day. He was allready very badly ill before his incarceration, and since the time that he has been locked up  in prison, i.e. over these last 18 months, he has been through 5 emergency hospitalisations and -operations, during which he has been kept tied for 591 hours to the operating-table, to his hospital-bed and to his wheel chair etc. means of an iron chain.
It seems clear from the statements that the authorities have been making -saying that they can't release Mr. Vervloesem on the ground of medical reasons 'because there is a risk of his resuming his former activities as a anti-childporn-activist and of his contacting the press', that they must be determined to let him die in prison, as if he were a real political prisoner in some sort of totalitarian country.
The fact that minister De Clerk doesn't even respond to the letters that the lawyer of Marcel Vervloesem, Raf Jespers, has been writing to him, in which he is demanding the immediate release of his client on the ground of medical reasons, clearly proves that the minister himself has personally approved the decision to let all this happen.
According to the verdict from the court for the implementation of criminal punishments, the Minister is the only person who has the right to decide whether a prisoner is intitled to a release on the ground of medical reasons.
There had been allready things that happened in the past which indicated that the Minister himself is personally involved in this case.
He never ordered an investigation into the cover-up of the scandal of the Zandvoort childporn-ring for example (the nearly 90.000 children who were abused in that scandal have still not been identified and there has never been a serious search for the childporn-producers and child-molesters involved in that ring), as he allso never reacted to the conclusion which the Belgian Supreme Court drew in 2008 stating that evidence for Mr.Vervloesem's innocence had dissapeared from the Court of Turnhout. Likewise, the Minister did never command an investigation into the disappearance of 7 child-porn-CD's from the Zandvoort-file in the Antwerp court of Justice, neighter did he ever command an investigation into the fact that the more than 30 police-reports about the sexual offences against children that have been committed by the person who has filed most of the complaints against Mr. Vervloesem, have all been covered-up. In addition to that, the Minister has been obstructing the application of Article 72 and subsequent Articles of the law on the release of prisoners on the ground of medical reasons, and he has  never opposed the case managers' misconduct with regard to Marcel Vervloesem nor any of the acts of torture or any of the arbitrary sanctions that he has been submitted to, and the Minister continues to allow the theft and confiscation of letters to and from Mr. Vervloesem. Finally, the Minister stated in his letter from March 5 2009 to Mr. Vervloesem that he had 'ordered the Supreme Court to carry out an investigation into the conditions of his detention', but here again we never saw that happening either.
The Minister is very well informed about all the details concerning the case of Mr. Vervloesem, because of all the registered letters, the e-mails and telephone-calls he has received from us about it. It even appears that he keeps a small file of all the articles that the Werkgroep Morkhoven has been publishing on the Internet.
But Minister De Clerck does simply not care about the life of a prisoner, he prefers to let Mr. Verloesem die in prison in stead of commanding an investigation into the criminal actions of the  judges who are involved in the covering-up of the Zandvoort child-porn case and in the slandering against Marcel Vervloesem that has allready been going on for so many years now.
Today we will allso send a copy of this newsletter to Minister De Clerck and to all the officers of his cabinet. For allmost one year now we have been busy keeping all of them informed about this case, without any of them doing anything whatsoever at all to put an end to this scandal.
I have only just made a telephone-call to Els Baart, a member of the cabinet of the Minister, to inform her of the fact that at about 5 o'clock this morning  Marcel Verloesem had for the fourth time allmost gone into a coma, but she coldly replied to me that 'they didn't speak on the telephone'.
She told me that I 'have to contact her by mail', but in fact she nevers responds to the letters that our non-profit organisation Werkgroep Morkhoven is sending her, we simply don't ever recieve any reaction at all from her.
If one of these days Marcel Vervloesem should go into coma and die as a result of that, this woman as well as Minister De Clerck will be reponsable for it.
Jan Boeykens
President of the non-profit organisation Werkgroep Morkhoven.
We have sent to Minister De Clerck more than 40 times over a complete review of the more than 20 emergency-hospitalisations and -operations that this activist of ours, Marcel Vervoesem, has gone through. Yesterday we have allso sent a copy of this list to the nearly 200 Belgian and European members of Parliament, together with yet another letter to inform them about the situation, for we want them all to know what is going on.
The Werkgroep Morkhoven has only once ever recieved a response from Minister De Clerck which had been personally signed by him. In this letter he referred to Els Baart, the officer of his cabinet who is in charge of the Vervloesem-case.
In his letter from April 30 2009, the Minister replied to us as follows:
-'Concerning the subject of Mr. Vervloesem's case managers, I must say that to me there seems to be no objective reason why I should personally take any action in this matter, as a sufficient number of interviews is taking place between Mr. Vervloesem and his case managers.'
-'The medical aspects of this case have been examined by the Health Care Service'.
-'The questions regarding the modalities of Mr. Vervloesem's criminal punishment have been examined'.
-'Mr. Vervloesem's lawyer has allso been allready previously informed about these matters'.

02:39 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: activist, marcel vervloesem, childporn |  Facebook |

Free Marcel Vervloesem!

Marcel Vervloesem

He discovered the child porn network Zandvoort. He was prosecuted and imprisoned. He is very sick now but the belgian minister of justice will not liberate him. 

We fight every day for his liberation:


Following is a list of more than 20 emergency room trips and surgical operations endured by Marcel Vervloesem, of which Belgian minister of justice and his cabinet members were informed more than 40 times.
These prominent officials advocates publicly for a "humane and equitable" justice, and states at the same time that a prisoner 'can be released from jail only 3 days before his expected death'.

1- malignant cancer : treated at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 2 times
2- kidneys : at St Elisabeth Hospital, Herentals : 5 times
3- pancreas : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 2 times, University IA, Anvers : 1 time
4- emergency in intensive care for pancreatite : 2 times
5- emergency in intensive care for pancreatite : University IA, Anvers : 1 time
6- intensive care : Fabiola Hospital, Sambreville and St. Elisabeth Hospital, Herrentals : 11 times
7- kidneys : Gasthuisberg, Louvain : 2 times
8- heart surgery for cardiac dysfunctioning : at AZ Imelda, Bonheiden : 3 times
9- diabetes intensive care : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 4 times
10- kidneys : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 1 time
11- heart surgery : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
12- kidney dialysis : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 1 time
13- internal hemorrhage : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
14- surgery : at St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
15- surgery for placing dialysis drains : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
16- intensive care in cardiology : at St. Elisabeth Hospital, Turnhout : 1 time
17- emergency room intensive care for anemia (leukemia) : St. Elisabeth Hospital, Turnhout : 1 time
18- emergency room intensive care : St. Elisabeth Hospital, Herrentals : 1 time
19- heart surgery : AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
20- on May 14th 2009, for heart problems caused by among other reasons lack of medications and insufficent treatments, Mr Vervloesem was to be admitted in emergency to the AZ St. Jan Hospital, Bruges, but the prison director, using a psycho-social service's report denied it.

kaartvzw Werkgroep Morkhoven - Zandvoort childpornnetwork:

Dutroux case 
Zandvoort case

02:36 Posted by Delva in Actualité | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: free marcel vervloesem |  Facebook |

Belgian Federal Ministry of Justice: 'possible failure'

BE: 'Lack of training impedes open source pilot at Justice ministry'

Oct 27, 2009

Lack of training and coaching for end-users is the main reason for the possible failure of a three-year open source desktop pilot at the Belgian Federal Ministery of Justice, says a federal employee at the court of Justice in Ghent.


The Belgian IT magazine Datanews last week reported that the ministry is scrapping its open source desktop pilot. A few of 17,000 desktop PCs at the Ministery of Justice were migrated to the Suse GNU/Linux distribution, using the open source suite of office applications OpenOffice, three years ago.

Datanews reports that, according to a study by Microsoft, the open source desktop users have for instance been experiencing difficulties printing documents sent by email. They also found it hard to overcome incompatibilities between documents stored in the Open Document Format and those stored in Microsoft's proprietary documents formats.

The open source desktops will be replaced by Microsoft's proprietary desktops, Datanews wrote last week.

However, Lieselot Bleyenberg, spokeswoman for the ministry, denies this decision has been made. "This is not at issue and that is all that I can say about it at this point."

She confirms the ministry has recently signed a contract with Microsoft.


According to a source who wants to remain anonymous, this contract encompasses the installation of Microsoft Office on all desktop PCs. "Blaming the problems on open source is unfair. The software itself is not the cause of the problems. The same issues will occur should the migration to the new Microsoft environment happen without the necessary training."

The source indicates that such user training is a common requirement for any desktop migration project, irrespective of whether this involves open source or proprietary software.

"If only a fraction of the time and money now spent on migrating to the new Microsoft products, would have been used for coaching and mentoring the open source users, you could have added the Justice Department to the list of OpenOffice projects in Belgian public administrations that OSOR published last week."

The source also criticised the decision to licence a specific version of Microsoft's Office, Professional Plus. "It is a waste, for about 90 percent of all desktops users have no need for all of the components that are included in that version."

The Dutch IT news site reported that Hans van Bossuyt, subdirector of the department's Automation Committee has resigned from his post last week. According to Tweakers,  Bossuyt says there is no political will to drive the modernisation of the department.