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- Pink Ballets affair timeline
- Connections Pursued
The Pink Ballets affairs lies at the center of the child abuse network accusations that came before the Dutroux affair of the ’90s. With the Pink Ballets scandal, there are direct links to the unsolved Gang of Nijvel case, which point to a significant relationship between the two. The fascist underground and these child abuse network accusations are clearly interwoven, with the X-dossiers revealing a potential for continuity of such sordid activities, that also seemed to involve a Strategy of Tension type effort and protection of these black networks.
Pink Ballets affair timeline
The timeline presented here is based on a very limited number of facts on a rather complex series of scandals in Belgium, mainly in the 1970s and into the 1980s. Lacking the ability to read crucial sources, which are in foreign languages to this author, I have had to rely on translations from ISGP-studies.com and Google/Internet Explorer or Google translations of sources online, such as bendevannijvel.com. What follows is a convergent timeline combining information about the life of Fortunato Israel, what is known about Lydia Montaricourt, Eurosystem, Dr. Andre Pinon and the claims of Maud Sarr. Other information relating to “Pink Ballets”, the X-dossiers or the Gang of Nijvel may be included. Dates specifically regarding Fortunato Israel, Eurosystem and Lydia Montaricourt are in red; dates in bold pink specifically involve the Pinon dossier;
- 1949-: Fortunato Habib Israël either joined, or more likely graduated from the French Lyceum of Alexandria, in Egypt. She was of a rare jewish family, and likely part of the jewish community in Alexandria, Egypt, where she had been born, either in the early-mid 1930s, or early 1940s. Some of the teachers at the French Lyceum were stimulated the students, a number of them jewish, to join the Zionist movement.
- Mid-late 1950s-1960s: This is the period in which Fortunato likely would have emigrated from Egypt, after the jews were labeled “enemies of the state”, as a result of Israel having attacked Egypt over the Suez crisis. While some jews fled to Israel, others to Europe and the USA, Fortunato went to Holland, Netherlands. At this point, she would have been fluent in Arabic, French, likely also in Hebrew and would probably come to know Dutch and English.
- April 3, 1969: Paul Vankerkhoven founded the Cercle des Nations with a number of political allies, including Paul Vanden Boeynants, Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin and Florimond Damman.
- 1970-: Dr. Andre Pinon married Josianne Jeuniau and together would have two children. Pinon was a psychiatrist, who came to work at the Psychiatric Center of Etterbeek, in Brussels, Belgium. His wife Jeuniau became the secretary of advisor Legrand in the cabinet of Minister de Donnea.
- Early 1971: Vanden Boeynants and de Bonvoisin founded Nouvel Europe Magazine (NEM). Emile Lecerf became the editor-in-chief.
- 1972: Vanden Boeynants (Minister of Defence, 1972-1979), de Bonvoisin and Vankerkhoven founded the Centre Politique des Independents et des Cadre Chretiens (CEPIC), a right-wing think tank within the PSC. In this same year, planning began to destabilize Belgium in order to bring in a stronger government that could more effectively counter “KGB subversion” of labour unions and left-wing political parties.
- 1972-1975: Leon Francois and Paul Vanden Boeynants founded the National Bureau for Drugs (NBD) with support of the CIA. Francois became the first head.
- 1973: Fascists met at clubs organized around the NEM magazine and founded their own private paramilitary organization, the Front de la Jeunesse (FJ). Also in the same year, VdB, BdB, Jean-Marie Bougerol and others would have been involved in the aborted 1973 coup, which was codenamed “l’Ordre Blue” and closely connected to the Sniffer planes scandal.
- 1974-1975: Vanden Boeynants and de Bonvoisin founded the Public Information Office (PIO). De Bonvoisin insured that Army Major Jean-Marie Bougerol, a member of SDRA8, became the head. FJ head Francis Dossogne, an advisor to de Bonvoisin, took orders from Bougerol. BdB also set up the fascist Parti des Forces Nouvelles (PFN), together with NEM editor Emile Lecerf and its first chairman Baron Albert Lambert. The PFN become the political front of FJ. In 1975, Emile Lecerf organized a meeting at the castle of Baron de Bonvoisin in Maizeret where a number of fascist leaders from Europe were brought together. The meeting was attended by Front de la Jeunesse head Francis Dossogne and representatives of the MSI from Italy, the French branch of Parti des Forces Nouvelles, the National Front from Britain, Fuerza Nueva from Spain and Ordine Nouvo from Italy.
- 1975: Within the Front de la Jeunesse (FJ), Group G was supposed to have been set up already, which would have began work to destabilize the Belgian state.
- Early-mid 1970s: At some point, Fortunato Israël showed up in Brussels, Belgium and came to run an international call-girl/prostitution network, which spanned several countries. In this context, she is known as Tuna, or Tunia.
- October 1975: Then Prince Albert II, honorary president of the Belgian Foreign Trade Service of the administration of Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, led a trade mission to Saudi Arabia.
- 1976-: Fortunato “Tuna” Israël is public relations director of Eurosystem Hospitalier (EHS) of the Eurosystem Health Consortium.
- June 14, 1976-: Eurosystem Hospitalier signed a major deal with the Saudi national guard of Prince Abd Khaled and Prince Abdullah worth 36,257,829 francs, to build and exploit hospitals in Jeddah and Riadh, Saudi Arabia. The deal reportedly involved notables as Prince Albert II, Paul Vanden Boeynants, Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin, Charly De Pauw, Ado Blaton and Roger Boas. As Eurosystem Hospitalier public relations director, the services of Fortunato “Tuna” Israël were called in to service Prince Albert II, the Saudi prince(s) and their cohorts during business trips. Employees of Adnan Khashoggi were also among Tuna’s customers.
- 1976: Gendarme officer Roger Tratsaert stated that there was a silent right-wing coup in preparation in Belgium and that it centered around the Nouvel Europe Magazine and (ex-) officers of the military.
- 1977: Significant delays appear in the Eurosystem deal when the Mexican subcontractor of EHS goes bankrupt. Also, possibly as a result of this, Fortunato “Tuna” Israël’s prostitution network was sold and handed over to a woman named Lydia Montaricourt. Tuna handed over contacts to Lydia, who copied them down, then Tuna burnt her contact book.
- 1977-1978: The PIO recruited the DIA trained Paul Latinus as an intelligence agent. The following year he became a member of the FJ and would become a leader within Group G. In ‘78, there were growing concerns about the operations of the PIO, among members of Belgian State Surete.
- 1978: German police in Munich find a deceased prostitute in an apartment, which was owned by Lydia Montaricourt. The Germans send a request to the Belgians to investigate Lydia. This is how Lydia came under an investigation. At this point, it has been reported, Henry Jaspar and Paul Vanden Boeynants were part of her clientele. The prostitute Maud Sarr and likely Christine Doret would have been involved at this point.
- 1978-1979: After the Mexican EHS subcontractor went bankrupt, the Saudi initiators ceased payments. Somehow, an order some 100 billion franks went missing, while Eurosystem was in possession of barely 3 million franks with no less than 8.5 billion franks having been paid in bribes and commissions. As a result, Eurosystem went under a fraudulent bankruptcy.
- 1979: Fortunato Israel was on the payroll of Roger Boas’ ASCO through its subsidiaries Plexycca and Soremi.
- 1979: The relationship between Dr. Pinon and Jeuniau began to wane. So, Pinon looked for a private detective, to find out if his wife was cheating on him. He came upon the private detective Bob Louvigny, whom he hired. He quickly found out that Jeuniau was spending the night in Waterloo with a colleague of Pinon, a certain Doctor Bettens. As the story goes, one thing led to another and Louvigny informed Pinon that his wife also attends, possibly involved in organization, rather wild sex parties. These parties involved the use of drugs and the abuse of minors, under the age of 16. These parties would be at the center of what became the Pinon affair. What’s more, is that it came to appear that the Nivelles youth judge Jean-Pierre Agneessens overseeing the custody case was supplying a number of minors to the “partouzes”.
- February 1979: At the age of 10, Regina Louf gave birth while being raped and tortured at the hotel-villa of her grandmother Madam Cecile Beernaert, in Knokke. Those she accused of being involved included Paul Vanden Boeynants, the Lippens brothers, Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin, Michel Vander Elst and the police commissioner of Knokke.
- February 19, 1979: Having been investigated for about a year, Lydia’s home was searched by police, who confiscated a photo album and a list of her customers’ names.
- February 21, 1979: Lydia Montaricourt was arrested by the Brussels PDO morals brigade and would be sentenced to 15 months in jail.
- February 26, 1979: Search warrant issued for the home of Fortunato “Tuna” Israël by examining magistrate Jean-Marie Shlicker.
- March 7, 1979: Lydia had made statements admitting that she ran a call-girl network and produced blackmail material on her customers, which involved minors on occasion. She claimed that any serious conviction would result in the publication and distribution of these videotapes. These claims would be corroborated by one of her prostitutes, Maud Sarr.
- March 19, 1979: A prostitute involved in the network of Lydia, named Maud Sarr, who was in prison for lying previously to police, spoke about a boy below 16, “little Charles”, who was used in the network. Sarr also stated that videos of pedophile orgies did exist and that they were in possession of Lydia’s lawyer Guy Francois. These claims would never be investigated.
- March 28, 1979: The search warrant on the apartment of Fortunato at 90 Severlaan in Wezembeek-Oppem, Brussels, was finally carried out over a month after it had been issued by Schlicker. Fortunato was likely arrested at this point. This was also the day that Nivelles substitute magistrate Jean Depretre demanded that the Israel-Montaricourt dossier and the search warrant be transferred to him. From that moment that case ceased to be worked on. Depretre would secure the annulment of Fortunato in less than two months.
- April 1979: At this point, Lydia was being held on suspicions of operating a call-girl network. It was established that she operated a sex club in Shaarbeek and that she had taken over the prostitution network of Fortunato.
- May 2, 1979: Fortunato “Tuna” Israël was fully acquitted, while Lydia Montaricourt was given 15 months in a Vorst prison. Apparently, Lydia was put on 13 months probation, likely after serving two months in prison.
- July 23, 1979: Almost three months after the acquittal of Tuna, then Socialist Party President Karel Van Miert, who was later accused by X2, publicly announced that his party was outraged over the handling of the Eurosystem case.
- August 3, 1979: An article was published by Louis Lentdecker for De Standaard, which talked about a certain “Tunia” (Fortunato Israël).
- August 28, 1979: Pinon and Jeuniau appear in the Nijvel youth court for their custody battle, before judge Jean-Pierre Agneessens.
- August 30, 1979-: At Lake Genval, Dr. Pinon’s wife Jeuniau confessed to him what she had been cheating on him with Dr. Bettens, stating that she wanted a divorce to take the their two children with her. Pinon’s private detective Louvigny managed to record the confession, via a secret microphone held by Pinon inside of a ballpoint pin. In the course of the conversation, Pinon made Jeuniau aware that he knew “Everything!”. Upon hearing this, she confessed that on every Friday, Dr. Bettens organized orgies, in which she had been involved and involved deviant sex acts with at least a dozen other people of different sex and persuasion, taking place in the villa of Dr. Bettens and other places around Brussels and Belgium. She gave hints about the high level persons involved. Then she noticed Louvigny hiding behind a tree, resulting in her storming off. At this point, Pinon feels that he has gotten what he needed for their custody battle. When Pinon’s time comes in the family court, Nivelles substitute Jean Depretre managed to forbid the use of the recording in the trial, resulting in Pinon’s ex-wife winning the custody battle over their two children.
- September 3, 1979: On a Monday evening, the wife of Doctor Jacques Crockaert left her home in her car, afterward she went missing.
- September 5, 1979: One Wednesday, Dr. Crockaert reported his wife missing. Meanwhile, the director of a Holiday Inn hotel, the Dutchman Gerrit Frijling, had reported that his hotel staff found a dead female in room 419 on the fourth floor. The body was identified as Anne Dedeurwaerder (44) and the death was ruled a suicide by an overdose of Vesparax, of which an empty bottle was present. Dr. Crockaert would be informed of this after being contacted by police commissioner Louis De Meyer of Machelen, but Crockaert would tell those around him that she died in a traffic accident, supposedly to avoid controversy. Dr. Jacques Crockaert was also a colleague of Dr. Pinon in Waterloo and Dr. Crockaert’s wife also appeared to have an affair with Dr. Bettens, except that Dr. Crockaert would have also attended the orgies of Bettens. Allegedly, Miss Crockaert admitted to having been a co-organized of the “pink ballets” and said that these sex parties were attended by then Prince Albert II, but only when underaged children were present.
- September 7-9, 1979: On either the 7th or 9th of September, burglars visited the home of Dr. Pinon, but do not steal anything, except for the recording of his wife’s confession. Pinon would be able to obtain a copy from his private detective Louvigny. Pinon went to the Nivelles Prosecutor Office where a complaint was made and a case file opened.
- September-October, 1979: In this period, Knack published a series about the “Tuna” circle and Eurosystem. Before reporters were able to land questions on Paul Vanden Boeynants, he had been given advanced noticed by Adnan Khashoggi.
- October 9-10, 1979-: A month after the burglary into Pinon’s home, it happened again, but this time at Pinon’s psychiatric office in Etterbeek. To Pinon, it was clear that the perpetrators were looking for the recording of his wife’s confessions. Pinon contacted the judicial police, after which the public prosecutor Grégoire orders an investigation entrusted to Judicial Commissioner Denis and inspectors Goudelouf and Pandoy. Participants in the parties were questioned. Eventually, compromising photographs and videotapes were added to the court files. It was even discovered that two “suicides occurred related to the “pink ballets”. One was a minor boy, reportedly provided by Judge Agneessens, who shot himself in the head after nightly parties. There was a girl who also committed suicide after becoming upset following on of the parties.
- 1979: A BOB officer began reporting on serious corruption within the NBD, which began to be suspected of being involved in the drug trafficking themselves. Nothing was done by the NBD head Fernand Beaurir or the head of the Gendarmerie’s Internal Affairs department, General Robert “Bob” Bernaert. As a result, this officer informed the Justice department.
- January 1980: Gen. Francois was arrested an a public investigation into the NBD began under two chief investigators, Major Herman Vernaillen and BOB adjutant Guy Goffinon.
- February 7, 1980: The prostitute Maud Sarr reaffirmed that Lydia Montaricourt would have filmed customers that may have involved minors and that her lawyer Guy Francois was in possession of them.
- 1980: Leon Finne provided a list of names of individuals trying to destabilize the Belgian state to Herman Vernaillen.
- 1980s: Lydia Montaricourt, who had been given a slap on the wrist for running a prostitution network taken over from Fortunato Israel, appeared to have continued with her call-girl network, being known as the “Madam Claude” of Brussels. She would have been free to go by August 1980.
- March 1981: Group G leader Paul Latinus, with FJ head Francis Dossogne’s permission, created Westland New Post (WNP).
- May 1981: Belgian Surete report published by De Morgan, which exposed ties between the CEPIC and NEM.
- Mid-June, 1981: In the early 1980s, Pinon was apparently looking for investigative journalists to tell his story. What got one editor’s attention happened when Pinon put Jean-Claude Garot, the editor-in-chief of the weekly left-wing Pour magazine, in touch with a lady who participated in the “pink ballets” and provided him with dozens of names, dates and other details that could be verified.
- June 18, 1981: At a dinner arranged by Pinon, Garot met with Christine Doret, a key witness of the “Pink Ballets”. Doret had also been embroiled in a divorce case in the same Nivelles juvenile court and later met Pinon. She told him that together with her ex-husband they had attended the pink ballets. However, at the dinner, Pinon introduced Garot as a close friend, who was secretly recording the conversation with a microcassette. Doret mentions the names of Paul Vanden Boeynants and then Prince Albert II as persons involved in the “Pink Ballets”. Doret claimed that the nickname of Pinon’s wife was “Anne Le Folle”, because she slept with anyone. Doret spoke about the “suicides” of the two minors and that the “pink ballets” participants would have known about this, namely VdB, Guy Mathot, Fernand Beaurir and Prince Albert II. Doret claims that the Pink Ballets took place at a golf club in Bercuit, at Dr. Bettens’ place and at villas on the coast, in northern Belgium. She also referred to the “suicide” of Madame Crockaert as a “murder”. At the end of the conversation, Garot revealed that he was a journalist. Doret reacted strongly and said that she would deny everything under all circumstances.
- June 25, 1981: In preparation for printing, Garot had now been receiving multiple calls demanding that he not publish anything about the Pinon dossier. One of these calls is suspected to have been either Jacques Jonet or Vincent vanden Bossche, who mentioned that there was panic among a certain political environment. Garot refused to back down.
- July 5-, 1981: Terrorist arsonists of the Front de la Jeunesse (FJ), possibly also from the WNP and VMO, threw Molotov cocktails at the Ixelles headquarters of Pour magazine, setting it on fire in the early morning, which burn it to the ground. Pour had previously published on fascist ties of de Bonvoisin and exposed information on the internal structure of FJ. But, after the fire, the Pinon affair really blew up. A lot of evidence points to the the Pinon file being at the center of it all. Emile Lecerf of Nouvel Europe Magazine, which contributed to the founding of FJ, had written up an article about the Pinon affair, in the early 1980s, but did not publish it for some unknown reason. Doubts remain, opting to only focus on FJ’s motive being that Pour had exposed information about them. Whatever the case, sometime after the arson, Paul Latinus would announce that he had a coy of the Pinon file.
- July 15, 1981: In a hearing of Andre Pinon, he recounted the testimony of Christine Doret. However, Doret denied all claims, saying that she made it all up to feed into Pinon’s conspiracy theories, because she felt bad for him. Pinon also mentioned that Doret talked about a certain Tania, clearly Fortunato “Tuna” Israel.
- October 1981: Two assassination attempts were made on Adjutant Guy Goffinon and Lt.-Col. Herman Vernaillen, who led the investigation into the National Bureau for Drugs (NBD). They were told that they couldn’t touch their suspects because they were protected by Vanden Boeynants and de Bonvoisin. October 12, 1981, a bomb, about 1/3 of the bomb, went off in Goffinon’s car while three other officers were driving in it. Lt.-Col. Vernaillen survived an assassination attempt, although his wife was badly shot up leaving her 40% paralyzed. Several hours earlier, Vernaillen had been riding in a regular vehicle of Joris Vivelle. Jean-Francois Buslik had reportedly been linked to these attempts. Group G has been suspected of being involved.
- November 1981: Goffinon advised the Belgian Justice department to arrest Paul Vanden Boeynants on drug trafficking charges. No action was taken. In mid-November, Vanden Boeynants contacted General Beaurir to inquire about the drug trafficking investigation.
- Late 1981-late 1985: At some point, the place of Dr. Bettens was searched and the book of guests Doret mentioned was located. As the story goes, the named of Paul Vanden Boeynants and Guy Mathot did not appear, which paved the way for Depertre to put a close to the Pinon file. This is the period in which the Gang of Nijvel began final preparations for their crime and murder spree culminating in multiple massacres in late 1985. Depretre of Nijvel would play a crucial role in the apparent coverup. The dates of some of the attacks will be added to the timeline.
- September 17, 1983: The Gang of Nijvel robbed a supermarket and also killed a couple that happened to be at a gas station next door. The couple were Elise Dewit and Jacques Fourez. The two were former members of the CEPIC, owners of a sex club and were believed to have been involved in organizing “the pink ballets”/child abuse parties. According to Pinon, the couple were in the possession of a video tape of the “pink ballets”. It has also been stated that Fourez organized the “pink ballets” and a certain Leon Finne financed them. Dewit was reportedly in contact with Paul Latinus, head of WNP and Group G leader. Personnel of Delhaize, the supermarket brand primarily targeted by the Gang of Nijvel, were said to be involved in the “pink ballets”, according to gendarme Vermoesen.
- October 2, 1983: The Gang of Nijvel assassinated Jacques Van Camp, the owner of Les trois Canards, from which they apparently stole some money. Van Camp was also a former member of the CEPIC and is said to have been good friends with Fourez and Dewit, who often visited his restaurant. Van Camp has also been believed to have been equally involved in organizing the Pink Ballets.
- April 24, 1984: The deceased body of Paul Latinus was found in the home of his girlfriend. Officially, he died by suicide hanging, yet the telephone cord used could not have supported his weight. It was said that Latinus was in contact with Fourez and threatened to reveal the full extent of the the Pinon dossier. The girlfriend of Latinus had burned the Pinon file he had, after showing it to an acquaintance, who moved to Spain before the “suicide”. The WNP was said to have dissolved after the death of Latinus.
- 1984-: A team of Gendarmes headed by Commandant Duterme was set up to look into the Gang of Nijvel.
- 1984: Patrick Pilarski, the thirteen years younger boy friend of Maud Sarr since the ‘70s, robbed a Texaco station in Keerbergen and a post office in Kampenhout, to fuel the drug addiction of Sarr.
- March 13, 1985: In a letter, Depretre expressed satisfaction that he had caused less attention to the Pinon file.
- September 27, 1985: The Gang of Nijvel struck again after almost two years of seeming inactivity following the “suicide” of Latinus. They robbed two stores and murdered multiple people. Among the persons they killed was Leon Finne, who was said to have been a financier of the “pink ballets” and of illegal arms sales to Israel and Arab countries. Finne, a former CEPIC member, allegedly made contact with a gendarme officer at the Brussel’s Court to watch a video, which allegedly was stashed away by the coverup-er and Pink Ballets linked Jean Deprete of Nijvel. It has been said that Bob Louvigny would be present at Finne’s funeral, a claim refuted by Louvigny.
- November 9, 1985: In the final massacre of the Gang of Nijvel in Aalst at a Delhaize supermarket robbery, Jan Palsterman was among those killed that night. Palsterman was a business associate of Finne.
- 1985: In search of leads for an unrelated sex crime, involving prominent persons in sex parties, Yves Zimmer claimed to have looked into the Pinon file. Bruno Famenne observed that Zimmer kept all this discrete and without a record.
- 1985-1988: Jean-Marie Schlicker, after criticism from Jean Depretre of being only interested in fascist ties to the Gang of Nijvel because he was jewish, managed to remain in the investigation. In late 1985, Depretre tried to pin the Borains gang on the crimes, but they were late proved innocent, in 1988.
- December 1985-March 1986: BOB officer Guy Dussart of Waverse was approached by two senior high nobility figures of Opus Dei, who explained that 9 important Opus Dei members along with officers and generals of the Gendarmerie and Army were working to destabilize the Belgian state and transfer power to King Baudoin. Dussart mentioned the same names as Vernaillen, thus also Finne, as well as persons involved the aborted 1973 coup plot.
- 1986-: Jean Bultot fled to Paraguay in the aftermath of the murder of Juan Mendez. Bultot would claim that there was a coverup of the Gang of Nijvel, but claimed that State Security was behind it, a claim viewed with suspicion. However, Bultot did advise Gendarme Freddy Troch to reopen the Pinon file, which certainly would have been met with a lot of resistance.
- 1987: Gendarme and close associate of Madani Bouhouche, Bob Beyer wanted to set up a network of call girls with which he wanted to infiltrate politics. This was confirmed by police commissioner Peelos. Gendarme Alain Etienne would later find out that a number of call girls whom Beyer wanted to hire, earlier had worked for the network of Lydia Montaricourt.
- March 3, 1988: Humo magazine published a story about the “Pink Ballets” affair centered around Walloon-Brabant (Nijvel) and pondered the possibility of there being a relationship to the Gang of Nijvel.
- 1988: Mrs. Audenaert, whom had been handed three audio cassettes by Pinon, was approached by examining magistrate Jean-Claude Van Espen about the Pinon dossier. Diane Pellegrims of the judicial police, who worked with Audenaert, confirmed that Georges Marnette came to remove everything on the Pinon case and began to work on the case himself with Yves Zimmer.
- 1989: At this point, Fortunato Israël worked as a secretary for an ASCO branch in Malta, located at the same place as the Mediterranean Meat company of Vanden Boeynants, on abandoned British airfield. Both companies also employed similar personnel.
- February 7, 1989: Maud Sarr testified at a hearing by police in Namur. The PV was written by Alain Etienne. Sarr recounted that back in the 1978 period, Henry Jaspar and Paul Vanden Boeynants were part of Lydia Montaricourt’s clientele. She stated that they had affairs with minors, both boys and girls. Cocaine was taken at these meetings, she said. Lydia would have filmed her clientele during these affairs. Lydia told Sarr that with the films she did not have to worry about a thing, because she controlled the Justice department with them.
- May 1989: Lt. Col. Herman Vernaillen supplied a list of names of destabilizers to Andre Bourgeois, head of an investigating committee. These would have included those named by Leon Finne.
- June-August? 1989: The son of Joris Vivelle was kidnapped in southern France and found back badly mutilated.
- 1989: Police commissioner Jean-Paul Peelos of Hasselt received an assignment from Frans Reyniers of the judicial police in Brussels to investigate the dossiers Montaricourt, Israel and Pinon.
- March 9, 1990: Gendarme Jacques testified of his experience with the Montaricourt-Israel case, recalling that a photo album was taken from the home of Lydia. Gendarme Laine confirmed what was found at house search of Lydia and also that a list of names was found at the search of Fortunato’s home. Shellekens was going to pursue these leads’ but everything was aborted when Depretre took over. that his files went missing
- Early 1990: Peelos wrote his summary and was shortly thereafter suspended for 17 months by the judge Melchior Wathelet. Along with Peelos, Reyniers and Zimmer were also suspended while an investigation into them was ongoing. suspected. Peelos suspected that his discovery of bribes in relation to the Agusta affair may have been the cause.
- February 13, 1990: Maud Sarr stated on VTM that Paul Vanden Boeynant, Henry Jaspar, Jean Depretre and Leon Francois had taken part in sex parties where drugs were used and minors of the ages 13 and 14 were sexually abused. It turned out that VTM had paid her a serious amount to make those statements.
- February 15, 1990: Before a court, Sarr withdrew her statements made for VTM.
- 1990: Belgian Senate holds inquiry into the Gladio network, which was revealed in Belgium by Guy Coeme, after it was revealed in Italy by Giulio Andreotti.
- 1992: Maud Sarr made other statements to investigators about orgies with minors, which soon turned out to be half truths at best.
- 1997: The Gang Commission headed by Tony Van Parys made inquiries into the Fortunato Israel and Lydia Montaricourt cases and the handling of them. The Gang of Nijvel, Pinon affair and the ‘pink ballets’ were also reviewed. Baron de Bonvoisin presented images taken of alleged Montaricourt blackmail material.
The above timeline is intended to help organize the series of events related to some of the early “pink ballets” scandals, such as the Eurosystem Hospiralier, Fortunato Israel & Lydia Montaricourt and the Pinon dossiers, along with ties to the Gang of Nijvel and fascist underground. While much could be added, indeed a significant amount has, this should help point us in the directions that should be further investigated.
Perhaps, the place to start delving into the above information is Dr. Andre Pinon. While this author has not been able to find anything on Pinon’s background, it is known that he became a psychiatrist. In 1970, he married a woman named Josianne Jeuniau, with whom he would have two children. Dr. Pinon went to work at the Psychiatric Center of Etterbeek, in Brussels, Belgium. His wife, Jeuniau went to work in politics as a secretary to the advisor Legrand in the cabinet of Minister Donnea. Toward the late 1970s, the marriage became more bitter, which resulted ultimately in a divorce and a subsequent custody battle. Pinon sought out a private detective, Bob Louvigny, to look into the activities of his wife, possibly to help with the custody battle.
It appears that the hiring of Louvigny by Pinon happened largely on a random basis. Nevertheless, Louvigny would stand at the basis of what became the Pinon affair, one of the scandals of the all encompassing “Pink Ballets” affair. Louvigny, an ex-member of military security service, was the owner of Bureau voor Documentarie, Recherche en Intelichtingen (BDRI), which he founded in 1974. Apparently, BDRI still exists and does PI and private security work for corporations, as well as the government or private citizens. Oddly, it took years of litigation before Louvigny was recognized as a private investigator, in February 1996. At that time, Belgium was expected to relax recognition criteria. However, at the time Pinon hired Louvigny, BDRI was just about five years old. In the previous year, 1978, two men had been caught robbing an art shop in Brussels. The two were agents of BDRI, which was supposed to have ran security for the store. The stolen art was located in a car owned by BDRI. This would have definitely raised eyebrows for people. When Louvigny took up Pinon’s case, it would later be suspected that Louvigny had ulterior motives.
It did not take long before Louvigny found out that Pinon’s wife was having an affair with Doctor Bettens of Waterloo, supposed college of Pinon at the Psychiatric Center of Etterbeek, in Brussels. It would also later be revealed that another wife, Anne Dedeurwaeder, of yet another of Pinon’s colleges, Dr. Jacques Crockaert from Waterloo, also was having an affair with Dr. Bettens; apparently also together with her husband. On top of that, Louvigny would find out that Jeuniau was attending rather wild sex parties (read: orgies), on which Louvigny would have carried out surveillance. This appeared to be related to the confession of Pinon’s wife, which was recorded and lay at the center of what became the “Pink Ballets affair“. Although, his wife only stated that about a dozen men and women took part in orgies, the case of Miss Crockaert’s death and the “allegations” of Christine Doret and Maud Sarr, together with findings of some of the investigations, raised some serious questions as to the involvement of minors. Although, this has never been proven, more questions come up when Louvigny himself was suspected, by Dr. Pinon, of having had ulterior motive while investigating these “partouzes”. If this had been true, during the facts of the 1970s, then what do we make of Louvigny’s later supposed ties to Madani Bouhouche, Jean Violet and the Gang of Nijvel? The Gang has long been suspected of being tied to the “Pink Ballets”. But, more about that later. Although, Louvigny himself downplays and denies any significance to these relations, let’s dig a little bit more into them.
In 1982, Louvigny’s name appeared as a member of the “Practical Pistol Club of Belgium“, which was located in Etterbeek, Brussels. The PPCB also included several members of the Front de la Jeunesse, Alain Weykamp, Jean-Marie Paul, Jean Bultot, Madani Bouhouche and Robert Beijer. Juan Mendez, whom has been suspected of having been murdered by Bouhouche, was a member of the “Practical Pistol Shooting Club“. A leading member of the Practical Shooting Association was Madani Bouhouche, along with Jean Bultot, Claude Dery and Bob Louvigny. At the time Louvigny was also a member of the Practical Pistol Club of Belgium, Bouhouche was its director and secretary, in 1982. The Prisons Practical Pistol Club was founded by Juan Mendez and other fascist friends of his and mainly recruited from police and prison guardsmen, including Bouhouche, Mendez, Weykamp and Louvigny, who were also together part of the Practical Pistol Club. In contrast to these associations, Louvigny argues that it was he who removed several far-right members from the PPCB. Nevertheless, these names will be mentioned again in relation to the Gang of Nijvel and the Pink ballets/Pinon affairs. Curiously, Louvigny played a role in the first investigations into the Gang of Nijvel, as a tipster and by discrediting a gendarme who was about to travel to Paraguay to interviewing Bultot, who fled there from Belgium. One claim, that has been refuted, is that Louvigny attended the funeral of Leon Finne, who allegedly financed the “Pink Ballets”, gave names to the gendarme of high level individuals trying to destabilize Belgium and was murdered by the Gang of Nijvel. In additon to this, Louvigny would also interfere with the investigation into the murder of Andre Cools, when he followed Andre Rogge around from Rye, to France and Italy, and made every effort to discredit him and the curious Carlo Todarello angle of that investigation. The murder of Cools is said to have been related to the Augusta affair, which is said to be connected to the Gang of Nijvel case. This all becomes even more curious when the coverup of all these cases is considered, from the Pinon affair to the Gang of Nijvel, and later on the Dutroux X-dossiers.
Without pursuing the above angle further, for now, what about the partouzes that Bob Louvigny spied on, back in 1979? Dr. Andre Pinon, for whom Louvigny worked, later suspected that Louvigny may have had ulterior motives. For example, when Louvigny would go to spy one one of the parties, he would not share all the information he had gathered, such as who owned the license plates of vehicles, with Pinon. While this might have been the morale thing to do on Louvigny’s part, what did he do with all the “extra” information?
What seems to be certain is that Dr. Pinon’s wife Jeuniau did indeed have an affair with Dr. Bettens, a college of Pinon at the Psychiatric Center of Etterbeek. A second college of Pinon, Dr. Jacques Crockaert, also had a wife, Anne Dedeurwaeder (“Miss Crockaert”), who also had an affair with Dr. Bettens. In-turn, Jeuniau admitted that these affairs with Dr. Bettens also involved orgies, with some 12 persons, both men and women. This was originally discovered, in the year of 1979, by Bob Louvigny, whom was hired by Dr. Pinon to investigate his wife, likely in preparation for a custody battle that would follow his divorce. The story that appears to have came out of this investigation, including the investigation ordered by prosecutor Gregoire and given to Judicial Commissioner Denis and Inspectors Goudelouf and Pandoy, had been that Andre Pinon’s wife Josianne Jeuniau ran a “child vice ring” in which men were compromised, such as Paul Vanden Boeynants. However, the custody battle between Jeuniau and Pinon took place in Nijvel, where the youth court Judge Jean-Pierre Agneessens presided over the case, assisted by the Nijvel substitute Jean Depretre. In the Pinon dossier and according to the retracted testimony of Doret, Judge Agneessens was suspected of having supplied minors for these orgies (“Pink Ballets”). Others reportedly involved in the Pink Ballets of the Pinon affair included Guy Mathot, Fernand Beaurir, Ado Blaton, Baron Aldo Vastapane, Charly De Pauw, and then Prince Albert II. A key witness for Pinon of the Pink Ballets was Christine Doret, who attended the pink ballets with her husband and had also became involved in a custody battle before the same Nijvel judge, Agneessens. Pinon arranged for a taped conversation between Doret and the editor-in-chief of Pour magazine, Jean-Claude Garot. Doret mentioned the above names and said that the Pink ballets (orgies with minors) took place at various locations as a golf club in Bercuit, at Dr. Bettens’ place and at villas on the coast, in northern Belgium (Knokke) (Note: In this period, X1, Regina Louf, was forced into prostitution by her grandmother, with one of her earliest abusers being Vanden Boeynants). She mentioned a nickname for Pinon’s wife, “Anne Le Folle”, because she would have sex with anyone. She referred to the death of Miss Crockaert as a murder, instead of a suicide. In the Pinon file, Miss Crockaert had admitted to having been a co-organizer of the “pink ballets” and claimed that then Prince Albert II attended these sex parties, but only when minors were present. Doret also mentioned a certain “Tania“, most likely Fortunato “Tuna” Israel, who ran a prostitution ring and may have supplied girls for the “Pink Ballets”. It might have been that Doret and the controversial Maud Sarr may have both worked as prostitutes for Fortunato’s successor, Lydia Montaricourt. However, Doret recanted everything, claiming that she was only feeding the conspiracy theories of Pinon. Although Doret recanted her testimony, Mr. Garot of Pour continued on with his work to publish the story, despite receiving numerous calls (one possibly from Vincent Vanden Bossche) warning him not to publish and the Pinon affair. Suddenly, in early 1981, the headquarters of Pour was burnt down by members of the Front de la Jeunesse and possibly WNP and VMO. Skeptics would say the arson was committed because Pour had previously reported on the internal structure of FJ and likely on ties to Baron de Bonvoisin, while others would say it was because of the Pinon dossier, which was allegedly in possession of WNP head and FJ member Paul Latinus (part of Group G and the same milieux of which Louvigny was close). Allegedly, Christiaan Smets, who was a bodyguard for Jean Gol, for whom in-turn Jeauniau worked, also had an affair with Pinon’s wife. On either side, there is the same milieux, so both explanations could be viewed as valid. The Pinon affair seemed to have died out when the place of Dr. Bettens was searched and a list of attendees did not show the name Vanden Boeynants or Mathot, as Doret had apparently claimed; the case was closed. However, Jean Depretre would later express satisfaction from having contributed to a loss of interest in the Pinon and exam. mag. Jean-Claude Van Espen seemed to want to take over the later investigations into the Pinon dossier, together with Georges Marnette, Yves Zimmer and lastly Frans Reyniers. While this paragraph essentially briefly goes over the Pinon affair and the role of Pinon’s wife Jeuniau, there is still a lot to unpack.
It was the Nijvel juvenile court Judge, Jean-Pierre Agneessens, who presided over the custody battle between Josianne Jeuniau and Dr. Andre Pinon. At that time, Pinon’s private detective Louvigny had already discovered that, not only was his wife having an affair with Dr. Bettens, but that these affair involved rather wild orgies. Louvigny even recorded the conversation between Pinon and Jeuniau, in which she admits to having an affair with Dr. Bettens, and that she also had been attending orgies, with both men and women. She also gave hints as of whom were present at these sex parties: a former Minister of Defense, a former deputy Prime Minister, a youth judge from Nijvel, a National guard general, a Brussels real estate promoter, a State Security officer and someone that drove around in a car that had a license plate of the royal court. Dr. Pinon would get the names to most of these individuals a year or two later, in mid-1981, from Christine Doret. In another recorded conversation between, Doret, Pinon and Pour magazine editor Garot, she claimed to have participated in these orgies with Pinon’s wife, who was nicknamed Anne Le Folle, but also gave names of the others involved, aside from Dr. Bettens: Jean-Pierre Agneessens, Fernand Baeurir, Paul Vanden Boeynants, Aldo Vastapane, Charly De Pauw, Guy Mathot and then Prince Albert II. Doret, who attended the orgies with her husband, also mentioned a certain “Tania”, who ran a call girl network, more than likely Fortunato “Tuna” Israel. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, Doret also mentioned Miss Crockaert, Anne Dedeurwaeder, the wife of Dr. Jacques Crockaert, who was another college of Pinon. Doret referred to the death of Miss Crockaert as having been an organized assassination, apparently made to appear as a suicide by drug overdose. Reportedly, Miss Crockaert had admitted to being a co-organizer of the “Pink Ballets”, which refers to orgies with minors. Crockaert even claimed that then Prince Albert II was there, but only when minors were present. According to the statements of Doret, the death of Miss Crockaert had been organized by Dr. Bettens and Guy Mathot. Furthermore, Doret spoke of the death of two minors, a boy and girl, whom Agneessens no longer wanted involved, after they had met the women. It was Albert II who allegedly reassured Agneessens not to worry about the Crockaert case, or the case of the two minors, because it would be “covered”. The boy supposedly shot himself in the head, following a party and the girl committed “suicide” also following a party. It is possible that these two minors were among those allegedly supplied by Agneessens, who took children whom had been placed in certain homes by the Nijvel juvenile court. Despite all this, indeed as Doret retracted her claims and the Pinon dossier was closed, Agneessens remained as a judge in Nijvel well past the period of 1979-1981, all the way until 2008. In the 1990s, Agneessens was the director of the “basisschool GBS Vollezele and he came up with the idea to build a new day nursey at the school, in ’97. In 2008, the last year Agneessens was a judge, he was the President of the Approval Committee of the “Aid Sector to the Youth of the Ministry of the French-Speaking Belgian Community”, in Brussels. At some point, Agneessens also served as the President of the Honorary Chamber of the Court of Mons. These groups were located in or around Brussels.
Aside from Nijvel Youth Judge Agneessens, another key figure in Nijvel during the Pinon affair was substitute magistrate and prosecutor of the King Jean Deprêtre, who also was a substitute magistrate in Brussels. It was Depretre who barred Pinon from using the recorded confessions of his wife in the family court, which resulted in Pinon losing the custody battle. That recording was also known to somebody who wanted it to disappear (Pinon’s home and office were burglarized to take it). These burglaries really opened up the Pinon dossier, after he took the case to the police. It was Depretre who handled the Pinon dossier in a strange manner, keeping it in his suite case or locking it up in a desk vault. Depretre’s handling of the the Pinon dossier provoked an exaggerated interest in this file, seemingly pulling attention away from the Fortunato-Montaricourt dossier. It was Depretre who was placed on that investigation of the Fortunato-Montaricourt file and annulled Fortunato Israel. In addition to that, after the “suicide” of Paul Latinus, who had claimed to have the Pinon dossier and threatened to reveal its full extent, Depretre did the same thing he did with the Pinon dossier, where he took the Latinus file and locked it away in a filing cabinet. Furthermore, Depretre quite clearly paid a key role in stalling the investigation into the Gang of Nijvel, during the first crucial years, until he was finally removed from the case by the Court of Cassation. Depretre and his righthand man Jean-Luc Duterme played a key role in that effort. It has been suspected that the Gang of Nijvel was part of a conspiracy of high level Opus Dei members to destabilize Belgium, to bring more power to King Baudouin and alternatively to assassinate key individuals that were involved in the “Pink Ballets”. It has been said that Depretre was very religious and a member of Opus Dei. So, Depretre was quite apparently protecting his Opus Dei brothers and the Belgian royal family. Depretre was very influential on examining magistrate Jean-Marie Slicker and tried to discredit his interest in fascist links in the Gang of Nijvel, claiming Slicker was biased because of his Jewish background. Depretre did everything he could to stop Shlicker from remaining in the investigation, at some point, Shlicker’s wife and children were threatened. Depretre also failed to pin the Gang of Nijvel on the Borains gang and tried to hide the proof of their innocence. When Gendarme Gerard Bihay and his colleges established possible ties between Opus Dei, the Gang of Nijvel and certain “financial and political interests” , making a summary of this for Shlicker, Depretre requested gendarme general Robert “Bob” Bernaert remove them from the investigation, placing them in the traffic section of the BOB. If all of this had not been enough, Depretre would later be accused by at least two witnesses of having been involved in the child abuse network. In the X-dossiers, Depretre was identified as a lover of victim-witness X2, to whom he wrote a love letter, which was given to X2’s pimp, Olivier Castiaux. Maud Sarr, who has not been the most credible witness, claimed Depretre participated in the “Pink Ballets”, together with Paul Vanden Boeynants, Henri Jaspar and Leon Francois. So, should Deprêtre be trusted as a genuine investigator? Absolutely not.
Before other rather impartial police and justice members are examined, those also named as alleged participants in the “Pink Ballets” of the Pinon affair will be examined. Aside from Jeuniau, Dr. Bettens and Judge Agneessens, there was Guy Mathot, whom was named by Christine Doret. While Doret retracted her statements and the name of Mathot was supposed to have not been found in the guest list at the place of Bettens, it is interesting that he matched one of the hints given by Jeuniau, who claimed one of those present at the orgies was a Vice-Prime Minister. Guy Mathot was a Belgian politician who came to be associated with a number of political and financial scandals. Early on, at the age of 16, he joined the Belgian Social Party (PSB/PS), around 1951. He started his political career off as a cabinet ambassador under Fernand Dehousse, 1956-1966. From 1968 to 1972, Mathot was the National Secretary of the PSB. In 1971, he became a long time mayor of Seraing, which is located in eastern Belgium. From 1977-1979, Mathot was one of the socialist party members who held the position of Minister of Walloon Affairs, which was held previously by Jean-Pierre Grafe and afterward by PSC member Melchior Wathelet (1980-1981) and by PS member Guy Coeme in 1981. In the late 1970s, Mathot arranged for a murky contract between the Belgian government to hire and eventually buy the Brussels World Trade Center, which had been referred to as a failed project by concrete baron Paul Vanden Boeynants, Charly De Pauw and Ado Blaton, among others. Mathot was a member of the Cercle des Nations, together with VdB, De Pauw, Blaton and many other important persons such as Aldo Vastapane, Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin, Paul Vankerkhoven, Roger Boas, Felix Przedborski, Vincent van den Bossche and Jacques Jonet. The original Brussels WTCs 1 and 2 were located on Albert II and Simon Bolivar Boulevards, but were demolished in mid-2020. The deal arranged by Mathot cost the Belgian government some 500 million dollar. In this period, 1977-1980, Mathot was also the Minister of Public Works, followed in 1980 by Minister of National Education, positions held by other interesting persons. At this point, it should also be mentioned that Mathot would appear in the ATLAS dossier as one of the persons involved in the arm traffic of Felix Przedborski’s “Nebula”, togehter with Vanden Boeynants, Fernand Beaurir, Roger Boas, Abraham Shavit and Andre Cools; which established ties between alleged Belgian child abuse networks and Iran Contra. Strange coincidence then that men in the US involved with Iran Contra as Oliver North and George Bush were close to the Franklin affair, which also involved allegations of ritual child abuse. Also important to note that the links to the “Nebula” and to Iran Contra constitute a relationship with the Zionists, who have also been linked to child abuse case or pedophilia allegations, most notably in recent times being the Jeffrey Epstein-Ghislaine Maxwell affair. Another interesting fact is that Mathot was a Freemason of the Grand Orient de France, together with Andre Cools, Karel Van Miert, Willy de Clerck, Willy Claes, Guy Spitaels, Jean Gol, Leon Defosset and Philippe Moureaux. From 1980-1981, Mathot was the Minister for the Budget and Home Affairs, followed, in 1981, as Deputy Prime Minister. Again, many important persons held these positions at one time or another. However, it was at this time, while Mathot held these positions, that the Pinon affair really broke out. Mathot resigned as Chairman of the Socialist Party in 1983. In that year, Mathot was caught trying to dispose of certain sensitive documents of the Seraing soccer club, which may have exposed a case of embezzlement. However, the chairman of Parliament Defraigne intervened by Mathot, so he was released of any charge. Mathot would be linked to another embezzlement case through his wife, who was in business with he wife of a man who had been caught for embezzlement in the Mosbeux affair. While he was still the mayor of Seraing, until 1989, Mathot held positions within the Belgian Federal Parliament. In 1971-1985, had already been a Representative. In 1981 to 1983, Mathot was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Group. During this time and afterward, Mathot was a Provincial senator, 1988-1991, then a Senator, from 1991-1995. It was in 1991 that Andre Cools was murdered and the Augusta affair broke out and dealt with the government’s purchase of helicopters, which apparently were not the best choice. It was rumored that Mathot played an important role in the Augusta affair and the death of Cools, who supposedly threatened to reveal a dirty business scheme, because he had not gotten his share of bribes. With the death of Cools, one may recall the death of Miss Crockaert, in 1979, in which Mathot and Bettens had been implicated and Albert II allegedly reassured Agneessens not to worry about that case, because it had been “covered” (that is according to Christine Doret). In between his Senatorial position, 1992-1994, Mathot was the Walloon Minister for the Interior, responsible for the Local Administration, Administration and Subsidized Works & Sports Facilities. He resigned from that position following accusations of him having taken bribes in the Augusta affair. This was followed in 1995, until 1999, by the position of Walloon MEP. From 1995 to 1999, Mathot was a Representative of the French Community, a Wallonian-Brussels Federation. It wasn’t until 1998, that Mathot was cleared of all charged related to the Augusta affair. At the end of his career and until his death, Mathot was the Mayor of Seraing, from 1999 to 2005. Also from 1993 until his death, Mathot was the Chairman of the Socialist Party in town of Liege.
The other name that was notably missing from the contact book at the place of Dr. Bettens, was Paul Vanden Boeynants. An entire article has been written about VdB and his connections. It is a long list, but the key areas will be mentioned here, for reference in subsequent paragraphs. We come to the name of Mr. Vanden Boeynants in relation to the Pinon affair, discussed in detail above, which dealt with orgies involving the sexual abuse of minors. Again, those allegedly present, according to Christine Doret, at these parties with Vanden Boeynants were Dr. Bettens, Jeuniua, Crockaert & Doret, Guy Mathot, Jean-Pierre Agneessens, Fernand Beaurir, Charly De Pauw, Aldo Vastapane, Ado Blaton and then-Prince Albert II. The name Vanden Boeynants shows up in multiple other accusation of child abuse. Maud Sarr mentioned VdB as being present at “Pink Ballets”, where drugs were taken and minors were abused, together Henri Jaspar, Jean Depretre and Leon Francois. In addition to these two accusation of Christine Doret and Maud Sarr, there were five more direct accusation that came out with the X-dossiers, victim-witnesses X1, X2, X3, X4 and Nathalie W., including other testimony corroborating aspects of these testimonies. In more recent time, there has been an eighth accusation coming from Anneke Lucas.
Before the Pinon affair of 1979-1981, Vanden Boeynants already had quite the history. He was born into a Catholic family of butchers. After receiving an education from the Saint-Michel College of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), he started off his career in butchery. VdB’s early political interests lie with the Belgian Rex movement (1935-1940) of Leon Degrelle, who had also been educated by the Jesuits. Degrelle would later be listened in an Opus Dei dossier, together with Vanden Boeynants, as a leader of the Nazi movement in Europe and associated with Joseph Mengele. With a soon to be business in the meat industry, he also married a daughter of a butcher, Vanden Boeynants had strong political opinion. Before he married, he had been taken prisoner in East Prussia following the 18-day-campaign, in 1940. VdB was strongly anti-communist and would also associate with Nazi and fascist movements, in addition to Rex, something that brought VdB into conflict with his father. In the late 1940s, VdB sought contact with Flemish-nationalists, who were heavily persecuted at Nazi collaborators during the occupation. At 29-years-old, in 1948, VdB entered the political by arena by joining the Parti Social Chretiens (PSC), which had been the successor of the Catholic Party. In November of that same year, Vanden Boeynants traveled to Rome, Italy, in order to attend the second conference of the Union of European Federalists (UEF), where he had been one of five Belgian representatives. The UEF was the most prominent group within the European Movement of Jozef Retinger, who would soon create the Bilderberg conference. Through the UEF, Vanden Boeynants made contact with its treasurer, Pierre de Bonvoisin, who would attend the several of the early Bilderberg meetings. Pierre was a director of the Societe Generale de Belgique (SGdB), who married a daughter of Alexander Galopin, a Governor of the SGdB that was murdered by the Nazi collaborationist De Vlaag. Pierre’s son, Benoit de Bonvoisin, who graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain and received a hereditary Barony from his father, would later go on to work closely with VdB.
It was in 1949, that Vanden Boeynants joined the Belgian Parliament and joined the Commission of Economic Affairs and Middle-Classes. The same year, together with Jo Gerard, VdB set up the Comite for the Revival of the PSC, which succeeded. From the late 1940s-early 1950s, VdB ran a Red Scare campaign that mirrored the one of Senator Joseph McCarthy in the USA. In 1950, VdB joined the Commission of the Parliament. Around this time, King Leopold III was mired in controversy for having been too close to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, eventually abdicating the throne to his son Baudouin. During a constitutional oath of Baudouin, in 1950, someone in the communist section of the parliament shouted: Live the Republic!, which enraged Vanden Boeynants. Julien Lahaut was blamed and soon assassinated by two unknown men. One of them was eventually identified as an “Adolphe”, who became part of SDRA8, the Belgian stay-behind army of Operation Gladio, which became operational in 1956. VdB was known to be a strong supporter of NATO. In 1955, VdB set up the Mouvement des Independants et des Cadres (MIC), which was a push to neutralize the left-labor wing within the PSC. Remaining as a member of the Belgian Parliament, Vanden Boeynants became the Minister of the Middle-Classes, in 1958, until 1961. VdB was a director of Expo 58, which while in Belgian instigated the construction of the Zaventem airport. VdB would give his friend Aldo Vastapane a monopoly on tobacco-free stores, Sky Shops, at the airport. This would help Vastapane set up his somewhat obscure business empire. In the late 1950s-to early 1960s, Vanden Boeynants called upon Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin, son of Pierre, to help realign the PSC. In 1961, VdB became the chairman of the PSC/CVP alliance, lasting until around 1966, when VdB became the Prime Minister of Belgium. This is also right around the period in which victim-witness X3 claimed VdB was involved already in a horrendous child abuse and murder ring.
In the testimony of X3, she recalled having been taken to an obscure castle. Down in the cellar were children locked up in cages and there were some cells for dogs, each awaiting their turn. There was a room in a tower, where there were deceased bodies of children in various stages of decomposition, sometimes dismembered and/or missing body parts, together with carcasses of dogs. Here there were orgies, and murders of children and dogs. The spectacle room had a strong smell of dog excrement. According to X3, the spectators were always the same and numbered in the range of fifty, but always difficult to identify. She recognized members of the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Belgian Royal family: King Baudouin, Prince Charles and then-Prince Albert II. She also recognized “Charly”, who was Charly de Pauw, and “Polo”, who was Paul Vanden Boeynants. X3 thought to have recognized Willy Claes and Doctor Vanden Eynde. There were two supervisors whom the dogs listened, Ralf and Walter. VDB castrated a “Gilles”. Girls were slashed with razor blades, or mutilated and given to the dogs. X3 claimed that Charly De Pauw and Paul Vanden Boeynants organized child hunts, which also involved Charles Ferdinand-Nothomb (PSC). In line with the butchery skills of Vanden Boeynants, X3 claimed he pulled a baby out of the stomach of a teenager, through a caesarean section, then gave the baby to the dogs. The children were made to drink blood and consume human flesh. X3 was made to eat from the excrements of dogs. Additionally, X3 was threatened into killing a 3-5 year old girl and also made to mutilate a dog. VdB once said that the worst moment during his career was the period of the strikes in 1960-1961. If the testimony of X3 was true, then Vanden Boeynants was already involved in the deepest and worst things imaginable back then in the 1950s-1960s, together with the top of the Belgian royal family and apparently numerous others, such as concrete baron Charly De Pauw, NATO head Willy Claes, PSC member Nothomb and others. There are other testimonies accusing VdB of abuse that does seem to somewhat corroborate the testimony of X3, but nothing very close to the large scale scene portrayed by X3. However, as can be seen here, Vanden Boeynants may have been way more than close already to some of the men accused in the Pinon affair, some twenty years later.
It was in 1961 that Vanden Boeynants became chairman of the PSC/CVP alliance, lasting until 1966, when VdB became the Prime Minister of Belgium. As Prime Minister, VdB joined Belgium with NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC), the precursor to the European Union, both of which eventually became headquartered in Brussels. However, as a result the 1967-1968 “Linguistic Wars”, the Vanden Boeynants I government fell, succeeded by CVP member Gaston Eyskens, who would later join the PEU’s MAUE and Habsburg’s CEDI. Not unimportant to mentioned here is that Opus Dei officially began their activity in Belgium, in 1965. In the year of 1969, King Baudouin appointed the honorary title Minister of State to Vanden Boeynants. In that same year, VdB was one of the founding members of the Cercle des Nations, which was set up by Paul Vankerkhoven, along with Baron de Bonvoisin and Florimond Damman. Also founded in this period were the Academie Europeene des Sciences Politique (AESP) and the Belgian branch of the Paneuropa Union, the Mouvement d’Action pour l’Union de l’Europe (MAUE). The Ligue Internationale de la Liberte (LIL), which became the Belgian branch of the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), was also founded in 1969.
In the period of 1969 to 1974, the victim-witness Anneke Lucas has come forward to claim that she was abused in a Belgian child abuse network, led by Vanden Boeynants. The credibility of her testimony has not been corroborated, except for earlier testimonies, which already came out, that line up with the accusation. According to Anneke, she was brought into the network through a couple from Antwerp. She suspects to have been targeted by a certain Countess. Sometime in the 1969-1970 period, she was sent by VdB to Switzerland, together with a seven year old boy. Once in Switzerland, they were taken into a subterranean complex, which led to a sort of chamber. Before entering an American came out and spoke in French, apparently Anneke and the boy were sent there as a “gift” from Vanden Boeynants. For a number of reasons, this author suspects that the currently unnamed American, was David Rockefeller. Also present was a Belgian, whom may have been Baron de Bonvoisin, although this author cannot be sure of any of this, became of minor discrepancies. (NOTE: David Rockefeller and Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin’s father Pierre both attended the original Bilderberg meeting in 1954; there exists a picture showing Benoit de Bonvoisin with David, possibly at a 1968, or mid-1970s meeting of Le Cercle, with Antoine Pinay) The American decided that the boy was to be sacrificed, which took place inside the chamber. According to Anneke, it was a Satanic ritual sacrifice, complete with the men in black robes and hoods, burning fires, an alter and symbols on the floor. The Belgian had the role of executioner. Afterward, the American took Anneke with him to the USA, but later rejected her and sent her back to Switzerland. Once there, she apparently was picked up by VdB, who drove her not to Belgium, but the Germany, where she was taken to a facility. The main doctor at that place was a Nazi, whom was funded by the American. At the facility, which mostly was a conditioning and mind control site for babies and infants, Anneke was programmed to be a specialized agent for pedophile blackmail operations. One some point, Anneke met the American in Germany, where he rejected her. After this ordeal, Anneke was made to service VIPs for Vanden Boeynants.
It was in the early 1970s, that victim-witness X1 (Regina Louf) was at the Sunnycorner hotel-villa of her maternal grandmother, Madam Cecile Beernaert, in Knokke. One of her earliest abusers was Paul Vanden Boeynants. X1 stated that she was abused by VdB, together with Antoine “Tony” Van Den Bogaert of Antwerp. X1 stated that VdB brought up the idea of child hunts, which she said did take place.
In the early 1970s, the conspiracy plots really started to take shape. In 1971, with funding from de Bonvoisin, Vdb set up Nouvel Europe Magazine (NEM), which began to publish about a “coup d’etat”. Over to the next year, a number of clubs began to be set up centered on NEM, where fascists militants were able to meet together. In 1972, as a continuation of the earlier MIC, Vanden Boeynants founded the Centre Politique des Independents et des Cadres Christiens (CEPIC), a clandestine think tank within the PSC that had the same goal as the earlier MIC. Allegedly, It was in 1972 that planning began to destabilize Belgium, in order to bring in a stronger government that could more effectively counter “KGB subversion”. VdB also became Minister of Defense in 1972. According to Anneke and similar to X1’s testimony, VdB already knew Jean-Michel Nihoul, Achille Haemers and Patrick Haemers, who became Anneke’s pimp, even then (1971-1973).
In the 1972-1975 period, Minister of Defense Vanden Boeynants and General Leon Francois, who had been trained by the DEA and received by President Nixon, set up the National Bureau for Drugs (NBD) within the Gendarmerie; with support of the CIA, which provided training for the NBD. Originally the NBD was located in a Gendarme barrack. But, sense they were working undercover in the drug milieux, the decided to move out into their own building, which a number of Gendarme would not have appreciated. The CIA would deliver questionable informants to the NBD, in exchange for intel. on leftists and other dissent groups by Francois. It would later turn out that the NBD was likely involved in the drug trad, which involved companies owned by Vanden Boeynants. To make matters worse, Maud Sarr alleged that Vanden Boeynant and Leon Francois, along with Jean Depretre and Henri Jaspar, were involved in sex parties where minors were abused and drugs were consumed, in the 1970s.
In 1973, Vanden Boeynants, de Bonvoisin, Army Major Jean-Marie Bougerol and Count Arnould de Briery were involved in “l’Ordre Blue”, an aborted coup plot. In that year, 1973, fascists from the NEM clubs founded the Front de le Jeunesse (FJ), a private paramilitary organization that came to be headed by Francis Dossogne. In the 1974-1975 period, Baron de Bonvoisn, the NEM editor-in-chief Emile Lecerf and Baron Albert Lambert founded the Parti des Forces Nouvelles (PFN), which held its first conference at CEPIC headquarters, served as a political front for FJ. De Bonvoisin’s company PDG, which sent funds to the FJ, was also located at CEPIC headquarters. (NOTE: in 1974, Anneke Lucas was to be murdered by Nihoul inside the home of Vanden Boeynants, but Patrick Haemers struck up a deal to save her life) In 1974, VdB and BdB set up the Public Information Office (PIO) and made sure that Bougerol became its head, FJ head Dossogne would have taken order from Bougerol, who in-turn was also a member of SDRA8. The PIO had a civilian branch located at CEPIC-PDG headquarters. Through Inforep, the PIO served as a propaganda outlet and Bougerol formed an action group of correspondents called the Miller network. According to Martial Lekeu, a good friend of Gen. Francois, by 1975, FJ had set up Group G and Group M, which worked to infiltrate and recruit members of the Gendarmerie and military. The Diane Group within the Gendarmerie also fit into this milieux. In 1976, according to X1, the child hunts were expanded out from Knokke and it is suspected that the FJ or Diane Group were involved in providing transportation and security.
In the 1970s, Vanden Boeynants arranged for Charly De Pauw and Ado Blaton to build the World Trade Center of Brussels, Belgium. In the mid-late 1970s period, the Eurosystem Hospitalier deal took place, involving then-Prince Albert II, Paul Vanden Boeynants, Baron de Bonvoisin, Charly De Pauw, Ado Blaton, Roger Boas and Fortunato Israel, together with Saudi Princes, with most of the Belgians, except for the Prince-King Albert II were members of the Cercle des Nations. Fortunato Israel would have provided call-girls for these men during the business trips. Interestingly, Christine Doret would later mention someone the fit the description of Fortunato. Maud Sarr also worked as prostitute for Fortunato. Although Eurosystem went bankrupt, it is interesting to note that it was essentially a granddaughter of Societe Generale de Belgique (SGdB). Fortunato was a mistress of Roger Boas of the ASCO factory, where X1 claimed a child abuse and snuff film studio ring was located.
In 1977, NATO and DIA trained Paul Latinus came onto the scene, with recommendations from VdB and joined the PIO. VdB was head of the CEPIC during 1977. The following year, Latinus joined FJ and became a leader within Group G. In October 1978, Paul Vanden Boeynants became the Prime Minister of Belgium for the second time, until 1979. Fernand Beaurir became head of the NBD in 1978. Meanwhile, Vanden Boeynants was said to be among the clientele of Lydia Montaricourt, the successor of Fortunato Israel. According to X1, she was raped at 12-years-old while giving birth at Madame Cecile’s, by Paul Vanden Boeynants, Count Leopold Lippens, Count Maurice Lippens, Baron Benoit de Bonvoisin, Michel Vander Elst and the police commissioner of Knokke. The baby, named Cheyennne, was taken about and later murdered in front of X1 at the ASCO factory of Roger Boas, nearly three years later.
The year of 1979 was a very unstable one for the “Cercle complex”, which saw the Pinon affair, Eurosystem Hospitalier bankruptcy, Fortunato Israel & Lydia Montaricourt dossier and a number of powershifts within certain key NGOs, like the MAUE. By 1980, the PIO had already been dissolving into the European Institute of Management (EIM), owned by Unibra of Michel Relecom (Cercle des Nations and 1001 Club member), followed by a State Security memo exposing de Bonvoisin, PDG and CEPIC support of the Front de la Jeunesse. This led to the closure of the CEPIC. De Bonvoisin would wage a type of political war against State Security, an effort in which he even used the Pinon dossier to try and connect it to Albert Raes, head of State Security (Surete). Interestingly, State Security officer Christiaan Smets had an affair with Pinon’s wife and worked as a bodyguard for Jean Gol, for whom Pinon’s wife worked. Smets would also be a leader within the WNP, yet had the alleged role of infiltrating far right groups for the Surete.
Already in 1979, Gendarmes began investigating the NBD itself. The lead investigators became Herman Vernaillen and Guy Goffinon, who would later survive failed assassinations attempts, allegedly carried out by Group G. Back in 1980, they had Gen. Francois arrested and while interrogating him and others of the NBD, they were told that they couldn’t touch their suspects, because they were protected by Vanden Boeynants and de Bonvoisin. In 1981, Dossogne gave Latinus permission to set up Westland New Post (WNP), as a successor to the FJ. It is suspected that Bougerol would have been employed by Rene Mayerus of the EIM and then would have given orders to Latinus. Mayerus was succeeded at the EIM by the American General Douglas MacArthur II. By 1981, there were Gendarmes trying to investigate the NBD. Gendarme Luc van den Daele had privately been investigating the drug trafficking charges against the NBD, but was shot to death in his neighborhood and his file cabinets were broken into. Vanden Boeynants was even publicly implicated of drug smuggling, Vernaillen even called for his arrest, but the investigation never went anywhere. In mid-1981, VdB contacted General Beaurir (Pinon dossier) to inquire about he investigation. Also in mid-1981, the headquarters of Pour magazine were burned down by members of FJ, following warning for the editor to cease investigating the Pinon affair. In late 1981, final preparations for the Gang of Nijvel were being made, in which Group G has also been suspected. The Gang of Nijvel would be active until 1984, when WNP was disbanded following the “suicide ” of Paul Latinus, who threatened to reveal to true extent of the Pinon dossier. The Gang would strike again in 1985, for the final few times. It was Jean Depretre who would stall the initial investigation. Among those murdered by the Gang of Nijvel and linked to the Pink Ballets were Jacques Van Camp, Elise Dewit, Jacques Fourez and Leon Finne. Jean-Paul Dumont and VdB attended Les Troix Canards of Van Camp. In the 1985-’86 period, Guy Dussart of the BOB in Wavres was told by noblility members of Opus Dei that at least nine members of Opus Dei were involved in a plot to destabilize Belgium, in order to bring more power to King Baudouin. Names were mentioned, including Vanden Boeynants and Fernand Beaurir. Vernaillen also named these names, which he had gotten from Leon Finne.
Vanden Boeynants not only was close to these older child abuse network scandals, which in-turn linked to the Gang of Nijvel, but he was also closely linked to the Dutroux X-dossiers, namely through an Etterbeek nightclub, The Dolo. In Etterbeek, Le Stanley of Marcel Hoffmanns was located. But at the Dolo of Dolores Bara and Michel Forgeot, here could be found Michel Nihoul, Michel Vander Elst, Jean Gol and allegedly Vanden Boeynants himself. Dutroux’s lawyer Xavier Magnee had also been the lawyer of VdB and a member of the Cercle des Nations. Dutroux and his wife Michelle Martin also allegedly went there, including Bernard Weinstein. Achille Haemers was another customer, whose son Patrick “kidnapped” VDB and whose lawyer was nonother than Vander Elst. The Haemers gang was linked to the Caisse Privee Banque, which was also used by Vanden Boeyannts and involved a member of the Cruysmens family, members of the Cercle des Nations. In 1992, Vanden Boeynants was essentially cleared of any criminal record, then the following year Prince Albert II became King of Belgium. VdB would recieve many honors and eventually died in 2001.
King Albert II, as already mentioned, was linked to child abuse networks via the Pinon dossier through Christine Doret, Fortunato-Eurosystem scandal and the Dutroux X-dossiers through X3. Other members of the family were accused, such as in the X-dossiers. The accusations of Count Yann de Meeus d’Argentieul also overlaps. King Albert II and Queen Paola Ruffo di Calabria lived at Belvedre Castle with their children, Prince Filip, Princess Astrid and Prince Laurent; Axel Vervoordt (accused Count Yann and maid) decorated it; Vervoordt was a supplier of art and antiques to the Belgian royal family and was said to be a good friend of Prince Laurent. In Albert II made Vervoordt a certified supplier of the court, in 2001. Going back a couple decades, Vanden Boeynants and and de Bonvoisin were involved in child hunts at Chateau des Amerois, in early 1980s, according to X1. That castle was built by a great grandfather of Albert II of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Albert II attended the interesting Institute Le Rosey of Switzerland, with the notable attendees including members of the 1001 Club. Interestingly, Charly de Pauw was a 1001 Club member, as well as relatives of Ado Blaton. One link to the Nebula of Felix Przedborski, allegedly goes by way of Raymond Vander Elst, a Grand Orient mason and father of Michel Vander Elst.
Although the connections review has been cut short, this article may be expanded in the future. Subsequent articles from here on will expand on the leads mentioned herein and in previous articles. There is a noticeable repetition of information on this website, which has its pros and cons. But in regards to the early scandals of the Pink Ballets and its relationship to the Belgian fascist underground and superclass is a very compelling one. Although there are still controversies as to the extent of the relationship, the significance of certain deaths, there is plenty of information to help the researcher look in the right direction. While many questions may remain unanswered, so too will the controversies on the historical record.
This author has indeed noticed the repetitiveness of this information, the idea of this site is to assemble all available information about a single person, organization, place, object or controversy, all into one place, to assist researchers that are looking for information. Another problem is this authors lack of sources, even though there is a section for this, it will be rectified in the future. This may be lazy, indeed it is, but I promise to get around to it some day.