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Quarantine measures lack legal basis, the court decides

Belgium must provide a better legal basis for the coronavirus measures within 30 days. This was decided by a court in Brussels in a case brought by the Human Rights Organisation League for Human Rights.

According to the court, there is no proper legal basis for the measures. If it is not there after 30 days, the state has to pay a daily penalty of EUR 5000. Minister Verlinden of the interior is studying the verdict. The Belgian state may still appeal.

The measures are based on a number of Emergency Plan laws. They would not provide sufficient basis for the drastic measures against the spread of the virus. The Belgian minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden is currently working on a pandemic law.

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