An inmate who was accidentally released from a Brussels prison due to an “interpretation mistake” regarding a court document has been found and reincarcerated.
The inmate was allowed to walk free on 24 December, after prison staff drew the wrong conclusions from a ruling delivered by the Brussels Court of Appeals.
The court had delivered a ruling indicating that the prisoner’s appeal to his sentence, delivered in absentia, was acceptable.
Prison staff mistakenly interpreted the ruling as an implication that the inmate could be released, a reasoning that was the result of an “interpretation error,” a spokesperson for Belgium’s penitentiary administration told Le Soir.
Held in the Prison of Saint-Gilles, located in southern Brussels, the inmate had been sentenced to 40 months in prison for pickpocketing.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson with Brussels general prosecutor said that the inmate had been located and reincarcerated and that he was set to appear before the Court of Appeal.