Ministers act swiftly to tighten prison leave rules

28th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 August 2006, BRUSSELS — The federal government is drawing up legislation to tighten regulations granting leave to detainees in youth penitentiary institutes.

28 August 2006

BRUSSELS — The federal government is drawing up legislation to tighten regulations granting leave to detainees in youth penitentiary institutes.

In future, leave granted to a youth detainee will be suspended immediately if the public prosecution appeals the court's decision.

The nation's regional governments are now preparing to change existing regulations, news agency Belga reported on Monday.

The decision comes after outrage erupted over the weekend when it emerged one of the suspects in the murder of teenager Joe Van Holsbeeck was allowed to attend a recent match of the Belgian national football team.

A juvenile court judge had given approval for the penitentiary leave. The prosecution appealed the ruling and won the case, but the ruling came after the match was held.

The legislative change is the result of talks between the federal government and regional governments about youth crime on Monday.

It comes after controversy erupted over the weekend amid revelations that the 16-year-old Mariusz O. was allowed to watch from the stands the Red Devils play Kazakhstan on 16 August.

He was accompanied by a monitor from his youth penitentiary institute Kasteelbrakel.

The young man is waiting trial for the stabbing murder of 17-year-old Joe Van Holsbeeck at Brussels Central station in April.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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