Former Belgian King agrees to paternity test from potential daughter
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Boël hopes to prove that the former King is her biological father. Credit: Belga
Former-King Albert II has agreed to give a DNA sample to provide evidence on whether or not he is Delphine Boël’s biological father, complying with the judgement of the Court of Appeal, confirmed his lawyers.
The Court of Appeal in Brussels ordered the former Head of State on 16 May to hand over a sample of DNA, after Delphine Boël’s lawyers asked for it, hoping to prove that the former King is her biological father. For every day he did not provide a sample, he would have to pay a penalty of 5,000 euros
King Albert went to the Court of Cassation to challenge the decision of the Court of Appeal, but they decided that the ruling of Cassation should not be waited for, and that the periodic penalty payments would already start.
After a consultation with his lawyer, the king decided to undergo a DNA test. “Because he respects the legal institution,” according to Albert’s lawyer Alain Berenboom.
However, the result of the expertise will remain secret until there is a ruling from the Court of Cassation.