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Irishman held in huge child porn seizure

An Irishman on his way to Dublin was being held in Amsterdam today after police discovered a huge collection of "sickening" child porn.

The 68-year-old had arrived on a flight from Bangkok on Sunday morning into Schipol Airport but missed his connecting flight to Dublin.

News of his arrest and detention was only released by the authorities later.

The flight was delayed by some hours and having missed his Aer Lingus onward connection at 9.40 am he picked up his luggage and prepared to leave.

His luggage was searched as he exited the arrivals and customs officers discovered a haul of child porn DVDS, CDs and photos, together with children's underwear in his hand baggage.

The Irishman, who had been travelling alone, was brought before an examining magistrate yesterday who ordered that he be remanded in custody while the investigation continues.

The find involving "hard core child pornography DVDS... CDs with more films and photographs of children and adults having sex and children" was hailed by the Schipol vice squad as a major haul, according to police spokesman.

"We are delighted that another child pornographer coming from Thailand -- and this time quite by chance -- was nabbed, it means one less of these people out there," said Robert van Kapel. "This passenger would have easily taken all this shocking material into Ireland except that the flight from Bangkok was late and he missed his onward connection to Dublin."

The Dutch Justice Ministry has recently launched a major crackdown against the trafficking of child pornography introducing 'special days' at Schiphol airport, when passengers arriving from countries where sex tourism involving children is most prevalent, such as Thailand, Brazil and the Philippines are targeted.

Last year a number of arrests were made of foreign nationals.

The Irishman gave a statement admitting that he had been to Thailand before.

He was remanded in custody while the investigation continues. Dutch authorities are withholding his name and address.

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