Government formation paralyses judiciary

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23 November 2007, BRUSSELS – Outgoing Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx says it is high time that a number of pressing problems in the courts be solved, even if the current government is only a caretaker administration. She is putting the purchase of helicopter nets and the second Weapons Act before the cabinet once again, De Morgen reported on Friday.

23 November 2007

BRUSSELS – Outgoing Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx says it is high time that a number of pressing problems in the courts be solved, even if the current government is only a caretaker administration. She is putting the purchase of helicopter nets and the second Weapons Act before the cabinet once again, De Morgen reported on Friday.

Onkelinx says decisions must be made, otherwise real accidents could occur. That is why she is tabling two dossiers during the cabinet meeting today. The first regards the purchase of nets for prisons aimed at preventing escapes by helicopter. The second dossier is that of the second Weapons Act.

The first Weapons Act was passed after Hans Van Themsche's deadly spree in Antwerp. But there have been problems with the law. As a result Parliament has passed a second weapons act with a large majority. This second act prolongs the amnesty period for handing in weapons until October 2008.

The king refuses to sign the Weapons Act II however because he must have the backing of a minister that can answer to Parliament. All weapon owners are now in a state of uncertainty however since it is unclear when they should hand over their weapons.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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