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Thursday, 25 December, 1997, 00:44 GMT
New party to combat child killings in Belgium

The father of one of four girls murdered in Belgium by a paedophile rapist has said he will set up a political party to campaign for improvements to the police and justice system.

The father, Paul Marchal, whose daughter An was killed in 1996, said nothing had changed since her death.

He said he'd decided to found a democratic party to prevent violence.

The new party's name and policies will be announced at its official launch next month.

The killings caused consternation throughout Belgium and led to allegations of bungling and obstruction by police and magistrates investigating child disappearances.

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