Dutch suspects no longer transferred to overcrowded Belgian prisons

Recent rulings in Amsterdam have stopped Dutch suspects from being transferred to Belgian prisons after the presiding judge cited a European report which criticised overcrowded Belgian prisons for “inhumane and degrading treatment.”

As reported by the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad on Thursday, a judge in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is choosing to no longer transfer suspects in cases where a Belgian prosecution might wish to try them, due to the poor treatment that is common in Belgium's overcrowded prisons.

To justify the choice, the judge drew on a recent report by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment which has shed light on the problem and identified a lack of space as a main reason for increased acts of violence.

Furthermore, the report criticised the fact that prisoners must stay 23 hours in their cells due to staff shortages leading to a decrease in activities being organised for prisoners.

As a result, two rulings in an Amsterdam court on 14 December also barred a Dutch suspect from being transferred to a Belgian prison, which is normally a formality. Alongside the aforementioned arguments, the ruling judge argued that there was a risk that the suspect's human rights would be violated.



Get updates in your mailbox

By clicking "Subscribe" I confirm I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy.

About belganewsagency.eu

Belga News Agency delivers dependable, rapid and high-quality information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from Belgium and abroad to all Belgian media. The information covers all sectors, from politics, economics and finance to social affairs, sports and culture, not to mention entertainment and lifestyle.

Every day, our journalists and press photographers produce hundreds of photos and news stories, dozens of online information items, plus audio and video bulletins, all in both national languages. Since the end of March 2022 English has been added as a language.

For public institutions, businesses and various organisations that need reliable information, Belga News Agency also offers a comprehensive range of corporate services to meet all their communication needs.


Arduinkaai 29 1000 Brussels