A 19th-century law has become the current flashpoint in the finger-pointing over who failed to prevent recently’s horror attacks at Brussels Airport and a city station.

Two suspects, siblings Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui eliminated in the airport suicide battles had been conditionally launched from prison for a previous crime because of the 1888 law.

Ibrahim El Bakraoui was sentenced to 10 years for shooting at a police officer in 2010. He served four years and 9 months prior to being released. And Khalid El Bakraoui served three years of a five-year sentence for a 2011 armed robbery prior to he was released in 2013.

Both men broke the terms of their conditional release Khalid touched with previous criminal associates, while Ibrahim cannot show for consultations with his justice assistant however cops were not able to locate and re-arrest them.
till be serving their sentences were it not for the law Lejeune, named for Belgian justice minister Jules Le Jeune, who presented it in 1888. The law allows inmates to be launched from prison after they served a 3rd of their sentence.

That s simply wrong, Interior Minister Jan Jambon told the Belgian day-to-day De Morgen on Monday about the early release of Ibrahim El Bakraoui. Especially if you take a look at the moderate conditions he was given.

Jambon, a member of the right-wing N-VA party, said the governing celebrations had already accepted update the law in their 2014 union agreement.

Everybody wants to make the law stricter, however the concern is: How far should we go? N-VA wishes to go quite far. We feel at least four-fifths of a sentence ought to be served, he informed the paper.

It s not the first time the law has come under analysis.

There was a fierce public protest when Belgium’s most notorious pedophile, Marc Dutroux, was approved conditional release in 1992.

After that, stricter provisions were introduced for conditional release and eliminated the decision-making procedure from justice ministers to provide it to sentence enforcement courts.

Kris Luyckx, a legal representative at the Desdalex law practice in the Flemish city of Antwerp, wasn t amazed by restored calls to upgrade the law.

When a society is so deeply struck at its core, you can constantly anticipate a sort of vengeance sensation toward individuals who dedicated those realities.

The public wants those found guilty of such attacks to be sentenced as harshly and as long as possible, ideally with simply water and bread and no TV or radio, the legal representative said.

For Luyckx, the days of an eye for an eye are over.

This is an extremely humanist law that is constructed on the concept that everybody, at one point, will return to society, he stated. And the law works.

Justice minister Koen Geens stated Tuesday that he doesn t want to upgrade the law.

Now is not the time for a deep discussion on this topic, he told the Belgian news agency Belga.