Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1566-7146
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1611


Malicious denunciation to the enemy during the war was introduced into the penal code in Belgium as a new offense against the external security of the State by a decree-law of April 8, 1917 and was punishable from April 13, 1917. The punishment itself of this, in article 121 of the Belgian penal code determined, crime only happened from the month of November 1918. Although no indications were given for this in the decree-law or in the preliminary report to the King, the criminal justice interpreted the this article 121 very broad after the war. This allowed heavy imprisonments (6 months to five years) to be given to persons who had denounced their fellow citizens to the German enemy, notwithstanding that this denunciation sometimes resulted in little or no harm to those fellow citizens.


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