Seven people accused of being involved in an abduction ring that helped mothers take and hide their children in violation of family court orders have been committed to stand trial.
NSW doctor William Russell Pridgeon faces three counts of child stealing and two counts of conspiring to defeat justice for his alleged role in a network that eluded authorities for years.
Pridgeon, founder of the Australian Anti-Paedophile Party, was the main financial backer and planner behind helping two women abduct their children – contrary to family law orders – and then hide them, police have alleged.
Pridgeon said earlier he was looking forward to the “truth of this matter coming out”.
“Crimes have been covered up by many people who shouldn’t have,” he told reporters soon after his arrest.