"Give Van Themsche a second chance"

8th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 October 2007, BRUSSELS - Former president of the appeal court, Edwin Van Fraechem would give Van Themsche a second chance.

8 October 2007

BRUSSELS - Former president of the appeal court, Edwin Van Fraechem would give Van Themsche a second chance.

Even if Hans Van Themsche is given a life sentence, the chance is great that he will return to society, according to former judge Edwin Van Fraechem.  "And we need to take this into account. We must not forget that Van Themsche is only 19. We should at least try to re-educate him," Van Fraechem argues.

Van Fraechem argues that racism is not the key motive behind the murders and
he is therefore in favour of placing him in a state educational facility. "Even though the practical implementation of such a punishment is certainly not optimal at this moment, the punishment would at least be followed through. In addition, such a punishment is a lot more severe than any other prison sentence," he said.

"Every prison sentence longer than ten years causes problems on release. That should be ruled out if we want to give him another chance as a human being. "

It is noteworthy that Van Fraechem presided over 52 appeal cases but never pronounced a verdict for internment in a state educational home.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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