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Prosecutors call for longer detention times

25 April 2005

BRUSSELS – Belgian public prosecutors are calling for the option of detaining suspects in custody for up to three days while they investigate cases.

Currently crime suspects can only be held for 24 hours without charge.

But prosecutors, led by president of the council of prosecutors Jean-Marie Berkvens, have requested an extension of this period to allow more time for the investigation of serious crimes.

Berkvens said it would also be a method of combating overcrowding in prisons.

Their appeals have been given a frosty welcome by Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx.

“This is not a miracle solution to fight overcrowding in prisons. Depriving somebody’s freedom is a serious matter,” stressed her spokesman.

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Subject: Belgian news