25 January 2021
The police tribunal in Brussels issued a judgment on 12 January acquitting a person summoned for non-wearing of a masks, in response to his lawyer, Hélène Alexandris. The choose concluded that the enforced sporting of the masks in public area was unconstitutional. Inside Minister Annelies Verlinden stated the general public prosecutor has appealed towards the choice.
The court docket recalled that the 2 articles of legislation referring to public safety, the ministerial order of 30 June 2020, on the idea of which the infringement was established, had been exceptions to the precept of freedom of motion.
The choose recognised that the present well being scenario justifies a restriction of freedom of motion and the imposition of sure measures. Nevertheless, he thought-about that these measures should have a authorized foundation – parliament had not legislated to authorise the restrictive measures taken by the varied ministers for the reason that starting of the disaster – and that they have to be appropriate with the opposite rights in power.
Extra particularly as regards the sporting of masks, it’s clear that the minister is dealing in the identical manner with completely different conditions, i.e. circumstances wherein individuals discover themselves alone on the road or, quite the opposite, in a buying road within the firm of many fellow residents. To settle completely different conditions in an equivalent method is a violation of the ideas of equality and non-discrimination.
On 9 August, the offender had been checked on the Abattoirs d’Anderlecht with out sporting a face masks. The offence is predicated on the ministerial order of 30 June 2020 which imposes on the inhabitants quite a few measures drastically limiting particular person liberties, in an try to decelerate the coronavirus epidemic.
The Minister of the Inside reacted by stressing that
the ministerial determination, which is the authorized foundation for the applying of the corona measures, remained. The rulings handed down by the Council of State in latest months additionally verify the authorized bases on which the measures of the ministerial decree are primarily based.
Mrs Verlinden additionally identified that the general public prosecutor’s workplace had appealed towards this determination of the Brussels tribunal.
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