2003 Written Question to EU Council about Portuguese Politicians in Paedophile Rings

High Level paedophile network in Portugal, that involved high society and politicians.

No doubt many were not even tried, but here is a question from teh EU council about it in 2003 and an article about it after the trial in 2011 Jerome Taylor Guilty after six-year trial, Portugal’s high-society paedophile ring [3]

Needs more research to pull together more links and details, if anyone does please leave in comments or write to portugal@cathyfox@33mail.com


WRITTEN QUESTION E-1976/03 by Anna Karamanou (PSE) to the Council. Involvement of senior political figures in Portuguese paedophile rings.
Full Text WRITTEN QUESTION E-1976/03

by Anna Karamanou (PSE) to the Council

(13 June 2003)

Subject: Involvement of senior political figures in Portuguese paedophile rings

Recent revelations regarding the involvement of senior political figures in Portuguese paedophile rings coincide with the preparations for the trial of a prominent television presenter, a former diplomat and a child health specialist in similar cases. This once more highlights the bleak reality regarding the sexual abuse of children. In this connection the Council is on the point of adopting an official and definitive decision regarding proposed measures to combat the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography following two years of deliberations and negotiations between the Member States.

Is the Council satisfied with policies to date seeking to combat the sexual exploitation of children and does it consider further measures necessary to combat effectively at European level this extremely serious problem, which is nothing less than a direct violation of human rights and human dignity?


(7 October 2003)

As a general point, the Council Framework Decision on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, on which political agreement was reached at the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 14 and 15 October 2002, has not yet been evaluated. Indeed, it cannot be formally adopted until the parliamentary procedure currently under way in one Member State has been concluded. The Council nevertheless believes that that instrument, and other recently adopted mutual assistance instruments such as the European arrest warrant(1) or the Convention on Mutual Assistance of 29 May 2002(2), and the extension of Europol’s powers to cover child pornography(3), provide effective tools to combat these kinds of crimes. The preventive nature of the legal framework set in place, which ensures that none of these crimes goes unpunished in the European Union, cannot, however, totally guarantee that there will be no more such unfortunate cases of sexual exploitation of children.

As for this particular instance, the Council never comments on cases pending before the judicial authorities of the Member States, nor on the content of articles in the press.

(1) OJ L 190, 18.7.2002.

(2) OJ C 197, 12.7.2000, OJ C 379, 29.12.2000, OJ C 110, 7.5.2002.

(3) Council Decision of 3 December 1998 supplementing the definition of the form of crime trafficking in human beings in the Annex to the Europol Convention (OJ C 26, 30.1.1999, p. 21).

Document Number 92003E1976
Document Author European Parliament;Karamanou Anna
Document Type Written question
Publication Reference OJ C 051E, 26/02/2004 P. 0173
Date of Document 2003/06/13
Date of Despatch 2003/06/13
Date of End of Reply 2003/10/07
Addressed to Council
European Parliament Term of Office Fifth legislature
Political Group (PSE) Group of the Party of European SocialistsGreek nationality
DATES of document: 2003/06/13; Date of transmission
of transmission: 2003/06/13
of answer: 2003/10/07; Written answer



Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]


[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

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