U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., issued a statement calling the case “shocking and horrible,” but the suspect, Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice Joris Demmink, who apparently has been defended by the U.S. State Department’s Hague office, is facing credible allegations.
While Demmink has been accused multiple times, “the investigation into these accusations was suddenly and inexplicably halted, and law-enforcement officials involved were allegedly sworn to secrecy,” Smith said at a recent hearing on the issue of child trafficking.
He noted the accusations, among others, have been that Demmink raped two Turkish boys, now adults.
The request to Turkey for its evidence comes from Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas. He submitted the request because the allegations are that Demmink assaulted children in Turkey when he traveled there .
“It has come to my attention that Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Justice, Mr. Joris Demmink, allegedly made an agreement in the mid-1990s with the government of Turkey to cover up multiple complaints of child sexual abuse filed against him,” said the letter to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Investigations into the matter reportedly have found that Turkish police officers provided Mr. Demmink with minor boys during his visits to Turkey in the 1990s. According to law enforcement officers in Turkey and the Netherlands, Mr. Demmink used the power of his position to obstruct efforts to file complaints against him and used investigations as a way to deter his accusers,” the letter said.
An attorney in the Netherlands, Adele van der Plas, is representing several of the men who remember being victimized by Demmink. She told WND today the Netherlands has decided to back Demmink “in spite of all the overwhelming proof.”
She cited four police reports naming Demmink as a suspect and said six victims have come forward to identify him. She said a Turkish policeman who was assigned to provide security but instead was asked to kidnap boys from the street for Demmink to rape has come forward.
The U.S. Embassy in the Hague even apparently has defended Demmink. A WND source reported that the State Department’s operation there argued to members of Congress that “the allegations have repeatedly been investigated but proof was never found for his having committed criminal offenses.”
The report said “the prosecutor’s office … concluded that there was no evidence to substantiate the allegation.”
The report forwarded to members of Congress said prosecutors decided against a case because the testimony of one of the alleged victims represented by van der Plas was was deemed “unreliable.”
“If there was anything to it, it would have come out after all these years,” the report said.
But van der Plas told WND, “There has never been a credible investigation into his behavior.”
She said the investigations simply are halted.
“The Dutch Ministry of Justice doesn’t take any child abuse case seriously at all,” she said. “All the pedophile rings in Europe have been investigated and some have gone to jail. Not in the Netherlands. The Dutch have been cited by the U.N. as a center of child trafficking.”
She said the reason is that the criminal case would “touch the top power elite.”
“If they investigate they will find massive fraud and corruption that Demmink has been able to deflect and insulate himself and many others,” she said.