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Dutch court overturns ban on paedophile association

Published on Apr 3, 2013 6:18 AM
 
Marthijn Uitenboogaard of Vereniging Martijn, the Dutch association that advocates the acceptance of pedophilia and the legalization of sexual relationships between adults and children, listens to questions on March 2, 2012 during a press conference in The Hague, The Netherlands, aimed at protesting against the dissolution request that was put in court. Dutch paedophile group Martijn, which argues for society's acceptance of consensual sex between children and adults, cannot be banned, an appeals court said on Tuesday, overturning a 2012 ruling. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch paedophile group Martijn, which argues for society's acceptance of consensual sex between children and adults, cannot be banned, an appeals court said on Tuesday, overturning a 2012 ruling.

"According to the court of appeal, the work of the association is contradictory to public order but there is no threat of disrupting society," the Arnhem-Leeuwarden court in the north of the country said.

The decision came after the head of the association, Martijn Uittenbogaard, appealed a June ruling by a court in nearby Assen banning the group, which has around 60 members.

Founded in 1982, the association lobbies for the acceptance of paedophilia but says it is fiercely opposed to any form of sexual abuse.

 
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