Bus death could lead to tighter parole laws

7th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The federal government will examine the possibility of tightening legislation allowing convicted criminals to be paroled after serving one-third of their sentence.

7 July 2006

BRUSSELS — The federal government will examine the possibility of tightening legislation allowing convicted criminals to be paroled after serving one-third of their sentence.

Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt told MPs on Thursday the government would give a definitive assessment after the summer recess.  

The Liberal VLD leader was questioned by MPs about his statement at the end of June following a bashing on an Antwerp bus. At that time, he'd said the law governing earlier release should be amended.
 
And Verhofstadt repeated his statement on Thursday, conforming that the government will examine tightening parole legislation for serious offenders.

Intense political debates were waged around the issue between coalition government parties and the opposition, in which Verhofstadt locked horns with the extreme right Flemish Interest (Vlaams Belang) and the Christian Democrat CD&V.

Socialist PS Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx was also sharply criticised by one of her predecessors, CD&V MP Tony Van Parys.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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