Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Judical bias protects Cardinal Danneels from fresh conviction?

7s7 Belgique - Mgr Danneels blanchi par le meme Procureur en 1998 (1132743)

Msgr Danneels exonerated by the same Attorney in 1998

The Attorney General Marc de le Court, who is examining the investigation of pedophilia committed by priests, presided over the division of a court of appeal which exonerated in 1998 Archbishop Danneels from similar offenses which are alleged today. These revelations come from the Tele-Moustique in an article published Wednesday.

In 1998, the Brussels Criminal Court sentenced Father André Vander Lijn to 6 years in prison on charges of raping minors. There were scouts to whom he was a chaplain in the parish of Saint-Gilles.

The court also found that Archbishop Danneels and Auxiliary Bishop Paul Lanneau had been informed of the behavior of the pedophile priest and they were civilly liable.

Interested parties lodged an appeal and were exonerated. Tele Moustique notes that this appeal court at the time was headed by Marc de le Court, the same man who is now Attorney General, who recalled the investigation file of Judge De Troy to his office.

The magazine speculates that the Attorney General, a Catholic, would attempt to prevent the current case from implicating the former primate of Belgium, Godfried Danneels.

Belgian priest sought by Interpol

Omroep Brabant: ANP Nieuws: Vlaamse pater op lijst Interpol

Interpol has issued a 'red notice' against a Belgian priest. That means that people who know the cleric should contact the police.

The priest has been convicted in Canada for sexual abuse of children and there is still a prison sentence to serve, the Flemish newspaper De Morgen reported Tuesday.

The priest comes from the Flemish town of Roeselare. He went in the seventies to Canada to work among the Inuit, the Eskimos in the north of that country. In 1990 he was in Canada sentenced to five years in prison for rape of eight children. He was released early, went committed similar crimes again in 1995 and was indicted.

With help from the superiors of the Oblates of Mary Imaaculate, the Father could flee to Belgium. Since then the monks have given him shelter.