Judge dismisses charges against inmate Haren prison refused to extract

Judge dismisses charges against inmate Haren prison refused to extract
Judge dismisses charges against inmate Haren prison refused to extract

The Liège criminal court handed down a judgment on Thursday which declared the inadmissibility of the proceedings against a defendant whom the Haren prison, in Brussels, had refused to extract on several occasions in the context of an appearance.

A 40-year-old man was sentenced in absentia to three prison sentences for a total of five months relating to drugs, receiving stolen goods and illegal residence dating back to 2017. He was then imprisoned and appealed against the judgment. He was to be retried in Liège but, on three occasions, the Haren prison refused to extract him and transfer him to the Liège court. The forty-year-old was then released after serving his sentence, but was not kept informed by the prison administration of the rest of the procedure.

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Based on the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the judge found that the defendant had not had the right to a fair trial. “The successive failures of public authority entail an irrevocable violation of human rights and the right to a fair trial,” the judge wrote in his decision, before declaring the proceedings inadmissible.

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The judgment was pronounced in court on Thursday. At the same hearing and before the same judge, another defendant incarcerated at Haren prison was due to appear, but his transfer was not carried out by the prison administration.

Belga – Photo: BX1

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