Minister Slob is not prosecuted for his statements in the House of Representatives on homosexuality in education. The Public Prosecutors Office says that he enjoys parliamentary immunity as a minister: that means that he is not punishable for statements made in the Chamber.
Moreover, according to the prosecution, there is no criminal offence, nor would Slob be prosecuted if he had made the judgments outside the Chamber.
In November, the minister said in a Chamber debate that, on the basis of the constitution, reformatory schools have the right to allow parents to distance themselves from a homosexual lifestyle, as long as there is a safe school climate for all pupils.
Explanation of constitutional article
That statement was highly criticised by him and he was also reported eleven times. By the way, Slob returned from his statements a day later. He then said that parents statements to reject homosexual identity go too far.
Slob spoke as Minister for Basic and Secondary Education. Hes been demissionary since January.
Apart from immunity, the prosecution concludes that in Slobs statements there is no question of “insulting a group of people because of their homosexual orientation or incitement to discrimination”. The public opinion stresses that the statements are an explanation of the constitutional article on freedom of education and concern the admissibility of identity certificates in schools.
In response to the D.A.s statement, Slob says that he had not expected otherwise, and that he has already said that everyone should be able to be themselves, whatever sexual identity someone has. He regrets it when people have had a different impression.
Schools also not prosecuted
In addition to the Minister, reformatory schools have also been reported asking pupils or their parents to sign a declaration rejecting a homosexual lifestyle.
According to the prosecution, no specific evidence has been made against which school and identity declaration has been reported and the prosecution cannot therefore establish whether a criminal offence has been committed. However, even if the declaration had been more specific, according to the prosecution, there would probably not be a criminal offence here either.