Brussels’ Court of Appeal closed on Thursday the debate on forcing King Albert II to submit to a DNA comparison with Delphine Boël. Delphine Boël wants to be recognized as the King’s daughter. Boël’s Lawyers demanded that the former monarch be fined 5,000 euros per day beyond the delay set by the court for the genetic testing.
Indeed, the Council argued that Brussels’ Court of Appeal ruled already in October on the DNA test. Since Albert II has not complied, lawyers believe that the court must now force him to do so by applying the 5,000 euros per day penalty.
The King’s Council, however, says the court decision to force Albert II to take the DNA test could not be executed as an action is pending against it. This is correct, since an appeal in cassation was lodged by them.
On 25 October, Brussels Court of Appeal delivered a judgment declaring that Jacques Boël is not the legal father of Delphine Boël. The Court also requested at that time that an expert from the ULB Hôpital Erasme proceed within three months to a genetic test to determine whether or not there is a filial link between Boël and King Albert II.