BELGIUM - Since 1999, companies are subject to appear before criminal courts for the crimes they commit. How often did this happen? When did it not happen? For what reason? What punishment did the public prosecutor ask for if the case did go to court? And what punishment did the judge pronounce?
The lack of figures has far-reaching consequences, according to top specialists: the Federal Parliament receives no answers, every scientific study on criminal law and companies remains unfinished, public prosecutors prosecute and judges convict without a frame of reference, companies can believe that the chances of being caught are small, the public prosecutor has no figures to substantiate a policy and democratic supervision of the functioning of justice is excluded.
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