BRUSSELS — A Belgian local official provisionally quit the Flemish far-right political group Vlaams Belang on Wednesday after Internet hacking group Anonymous published his name on a list of alleged paedophiles.
Local councilor Hans-Peter Luyckx, who denies the claims, decided to temporarily resign from Vlaams Belang to avoid damage to the party.
"This does not imply any kind of admission," the party said Wednesday.
Anonymous this week launched a global operation targeting web users it said visit paedophile forums and chatrooms. It has published some 500 email addresses, IP details and sometimes postal addresses and phone numbers of those it claims were active on the sites.
Vlaams Belang recently launched a poster campaign calling for stiffer punishments for paeodophiles.
The names of several Belgians and Dutch people appeared on the list, Belgian media said.
Luyckx, from the Evere commune near Brussels, denies any wrongdoing and says his web address was hacked. He plans to file a complaint in the case.
Belgian prosecutors are looking at the information provided by Anonymous, while also probing the activities of the international group of tech-savvy "hacktivists".
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