Belgian law said there was a reference to the death penalty, even though it was abolished years ago.
A bill by Open Vld MP Kathleen Verhelst approved this afternoon in the plenary of the Chamber will change that. The death penalty has not been carried out in our country since 1950. In 1996, the death penalty was also abolished by law. Yet there were some gaps in the legislation. For example, the land insurance agreement law says that an insurer does not cover the death of an insured person if that is the result of a death penalty. Verhelst: "It is unethical and completely obsolete that an insurer can benefit from the effective implementation of the death penalty – even if it takes place in another country. This must disappear from our legislation. That's why we're abolishing that clause."