The same Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant, that has published this on the 15th has now gone and published a significantly different article about the Joris Demmink ordeal in The Netherlands, perhaps as compensation for the earlier article which was rather embarrassing.
The article sums up a total of 4 court cases which are ongoing and involve the allegations against the former Secretary General of The Dutch Ministry of Justice:
1. The court case initiated by Joris Demmink himself, targeting allegations by Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad;
2. The separate case initiated by Dutch foundation De Roestige Spijker which has managed to convince the judge that witnesses (under oath) should be allowed to testify against Demmink;
3. A case initiated by lawyer Adèle van der Plas who is looking to convince the Dutch public prosecutors’ office that they should legally prosecute Demmink, which would mean that a genuine (criminal) investigation into the allegations would be initiated for the first time ever. One of the arguments used in this case is that contrary to Demmink’s claims and those of Dutch (prosecution) authorities, the Turkish prosecution authorities are formally stating that Demmink had been traveling to Turkey in the nineties. The country were sexual abuse of minors would have taken place according to several accusers;
4. A new case, initiated by one of the alleged witnesses of case 2, who wants to file a claim for damages in relation to his allegations that he would have been sexually abused by Demmink – in Demmink’s car – in 1988. Demmink would have asked for the age of the victim, who would have answered at the time that he was 15 years old. Two weeks later another meeting took place, where the victim refused to cooperate and eventually left the car because a conflict ensued. Today the victim claims that he suffers from psychological problems being a victim of forced child prostitution. It would have caused him to lose his business among other issues. The man is receiving legal support from Martin de Witte, a Dutch lawyer who is also supporting the victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church in The Netherlands. The lawyer wants to make certain that witnesses will be heard in this particular case.
Dutch language news article:
The problems Dutch authorities have with this case are manifold:
1. Demmink is from a time when the power of certain government officials was at its peak; He would allegedly have been appointing judges and other important officials required to keep a tab on the government itself, which would have been contributing to the power of Demmink, the government apparatus he represents and various high profile individuals;
2. Demmink may have been witnessing and subject to methods of extortion which were popular in those days: record the actions of high level officials engaging in very disturbing acts on camera and use that information against them to coerce them into obedience. This also means he may have very sensitive information available to him regarding high level government officials, celebrities and perhaps even members of the Dutch Royal Family. Simultaneously, he could have fallen victim to such a scheme himself, dragging the government he represents along with him;
3. Demmink may have been participating in a multitude of cover-ups of high profile crime cases, either to safeguard public order in The Netherlands or to protect certain individuals. That information in itself could be used as a weapon by Demmink when his position and reputation are under threat.
4. In the past, a variety of people who had access to more information about Demmink’s alleged practices have been meeting their maker at a rather early stage. This situation contributes to an environment where investigators and prosecutors or any inquisitive civilians may be reluctant to act against either Demmink or the Dutch government.
5. For quite a while, Dutch news media flagging issues surrounding Demmink were threatened with litigation, gag orders and serious financial claims, by Demmink’s lawyer Harro Knijff, who allegedly has been reimbursed by the Dutch government for his services to his client.