"Court proceedings only in Dutch"

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23 November 2007, VILVOORDE – Francophones in Vilvoorde are encountering more problems standing trial in their own language.

23 November 2007

VILVOORDE – Francophones in Vilvoorde are encountering more problems standing trial in their own language.

The magistrates of the criminal court in Brussels, in charge of appeal cases in the police court in Vilvoorde, are refusing to hold trials in French so far. The magistrates have called in an interpreter for a francophone Belgian so that the proceedings could continue in Dutch.

An investigation into the case has been launched at the Supreme Court for Justice. The case mainly concerns francophone taxi drivers active at Zaventem airport.

"For me it is unacceptable that the constitutional state in Belgium is being threatened like this," says francophone lawyer Josiane Meunier. In the past the francophone case was referred to Brussels without any problem.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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