A Belgian court handed a child pornographer the maximum jail term of at least 10 years for making films of his daughters for a worldwide network, a report said.
The court in Bruges, western Belgium, condemned the 37-year-old named only as Pascal T. and laid down the 10-year sentence with the possibility of another 10 years behind bars if the government sees fit, the Belga news agency reported.
The convict's wife was sentenced to a suspended two-year sentence for "negligence".
The case, codenamed "Koala" dates back to 2004. It came to light in 2006 with the discovery in Australia of a video of a young Dutch-speaking girl.That detail led to the arrest of Pascal T., the father of the girl in the film, who lived in Dutch-speaking Bruges.
The child porn network was fed mainly from films made in Ukraine, but other material was produced in the Netherlands as well as Belgium.
According to judicial sources customers could order tailor-made videos and girls as young as nine have been identified on the films, according to Eurojust.
Pascal T., had set up a studio at his home where he filmed his two young daughters, aged nine and 11 a the time, being abused.Several suspects were picked up in Belgium, including Victor Hissel, a former lawyer for families of victims of child killer Marc Dutroux, who was charged on Monday with possessing child pornography.
His crime carries a possible one-year prison term.