During more than 10 years, Marcel Vervloesem, member of the direction board of our association ‘Werkgroep Morkhoven’ which is welknown for the revelation of the Zandvoort childporn case, has been prosecuted by the Belgian government.
Since 6 years he has an interdiction to talk the press.
Since 3 years he has an interdiction to meet the other members of the direction board of our association while these people were visiting him during 2 years every week in prison where he was locked up after false complaints of some pedo-criminals.
Since 3 years he has an interdiction to work with assocations which are fighting child abuse.
During the first year of his liberation he had an interdiction to travel to other member-states of the European Union.
Since 3 years he has an interdiction to meet his own daughter and granddaughter.
On 17.12.2012 Vervloesem’s daughter received a death threath which was submitted to the police. The man who went the message with the death threat, was not arrested by police. Belgian Justice opened no investigation. The Belgian minister of Justice (Turtelboom, liberal party) and the Belgian minister of Home Affairs (Milquet, christian-democratic party) were not responding our complaints. Vervloesem’s daughter and granddaughter received for more than four weeks death threats. On a given moment Vervloesem’s daughter was even victim of a car attack. The Belgian ministers were written again but they didn’t respond. At the same time, all our skynet-blogs were encrypted during more than 4 weeks and all their webpages were removed from the internet. So it was clear that this was a planned action and some Belgian authorities which covered the Zandvoort case by accusing Marcel Vervloesem, were involved in it again.
When Marcel Vervloesem was liberated from prison on the aforementioned conditionel grounds in 2010, the members of the direction board of our association were also threathened with death during several weeks. As was the case with the death threats during the past 4 weeks, we received every night phones with death threats which we complained to the Brussels police.
At the beginning of last year (2012), Marcel Vervloesem was again accused of ‘sexual abuse’. As was the case in 1998, when the Zandvoort childporn case was international news, it was done by means of a story in the local edition of the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
After Vervloesem was called a ‘dangerous repeat offender’, he was locked up in prison. At the same time his granddaughter was threathened with death. The death threat came from the a criminal that is also involved in the recent death threats.
He was not arrested.
We wrote also to the Belgian minister of Justice who appointed a magistrate from the Court of Turnhout (where the Zandvoort case was covered up) as her chief of cabinet. We are still waiting for her answer.
It is clear that these criminals don’t act alone and that they are protected by Belgian justice.
We wrote also about it all to Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, who is coming up for ‘more press freedom in Europe’. We are waiting for her answer.
On a European Parliament Seminar on ‘Media Freedom in the EU Member States’ past year, Neelie Kroes stated: ‘To be clear: I follow developments in other Member States as well. Very recently, a Greek extreme-right party made death threats against a Greek journalist. I am very concerned about such threats – I denounce them. These incidents show that, apart from being concerned over protection of journalists’ sources, although clearly very important, we have to think harder about how to protect journalists themselves – and anyone who uses his right to speak up – from physical or verbal violence.’
We wrote also the members of the European Parliament which are politically responsible for the respect of the human rights in Europe.
We are starting now to write to the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association and to all the international organisms, press agencies, embassies, consulates, and so on.
Some years ago, Gina Bernard-Pardaens, a journalist of the Belgian television channel RTBF who was searching with Marcel Vervloesem for the German boy Manuel Schadwald who disappeared in the youth prostitution, was threathened with death during several months.
Her phone line (Belgacom, owner of our skynetblogs) was constantly sabotaged.
Her son was victim of a car-attack but fortunately he was not wounded.
Some weeks before her death, Belgian Justice interrogated Gina on a very intimidating way about Manuel Schadwald.
Some days after she had written a farewell letter, she was murdered in a so called ‘car-accident’. (In the Dutroux case, about 30 witnesses were murdered in so called ‘accidents’.
Marie France-Botte who is well-known for her work about child abuse, was also continuously bullied and prosecuted by Belgian Justice that acts as a murderous state organization and that has strong ties with the mafia.
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission
European Parliament Seminar on Media Freedom in the EU Member States
Brussels, 8 May 2012
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“European Charter on Freedom of the Press”
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Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
2. No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State.
Freedom of association is guaranteed at the European level in article 12 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Constitution of Belgium – The Belgians and their rights
Article 19 guarantees the freedom of speech by stipulating that everyone has the right to express his or her opinion freely.
Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees the freedom of the press and stipulates that censorship can never be established. Article 26 protects the freedom of assembly by determining that everyone has the right to gather peaceably and without arms. Article 27 guarantees the freedom of association.
The Belgians enjoy also the rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Photo: Neelie Kroes