Sunday, November 02, 2003

Justice Delayed in Belgium

Here's a question I'd like to know the answer to: why is it that Belgian pedophile and alleged murderer Marc Dutroux is still awaiting trial 7 years after he was initially arrested? The only possible explanations that spring to mind are that this is either a symptom of extreme juridicial incompetence, or the result of intentional foot-dragging by officials who would rather that the man never be brought to trial. Of course, it could even be a combination of both factors, but whatever the real reasons for the extreme tardiness of justice may be, it all speaks extremely poorly of Belgium's legal system.