King pardoned 286 Belgians

9th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 August 2007, BRUSSELS – The majority of the 286 Belgians who were granted a pardon by the king last year had been convicted of traffic violations. Albert II rejected more than 1,000 requests for clemency.

9 August 2007

BRUSSELS – The majority of the 286 Belgians who were granted a pardon by the king last year had been convicted of traffic violations. Albert II rejected more than 1,000 requests for clemency.

The constitution stipulates that the king has the "right to exonerate or reduce sentences imposed by the court." Last year the king rejected 1,057 requests for clemency and granted 286 pardons, according to figures from the Clemency Department of the federal justice ministry. Approximately the same percentage of requests is granted each year.

The large majority of those pardoned were people sentenced to a fine or suspension of driving license by a police magistrate. A pardon usually includes the reduction of a penalty. It is very rare for the king to exonerate a sentence completely.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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