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Handling damages in case of Lernout & Hauspie again delayed

The civil prosecution of the fraud cases around Lernout & Hauspie (L&H), where the size of the compensation is to be determined is postponed until 13 december.

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Handling damages in case of Lernout & Hauspie again delayed
The civil prosecution of the fraud cases around Lernout & Hauspie (L&H), where the size of the compensation is to be determined is postponed until 13 december. That has the Ghent court of appeal decides. The court can hear the case is not currently treated because there are judges to be short, said chairman Erik Van de Sijpe.

Spraaktechnologiebedrijf Lernout & Hauspie went in 2001 bankrupt, after the since the summer of 2000 in free fall was by a fraudeschandaal after reporting on irregularities in the accounts. The court of appeal in Ghent has sentenced the two founders in 2010 to five years in prison, including two year delay. the

Only in 2014, after proceedings for the Court of Cassation, the court of appeal proceed to the settlement of the civil claims in the case. More than 15,000 civil parties are still entitled to a compensation, which 2.733 victims without a lawyer.

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The court declared the settlement of the damages last year to today, but there now follows, again delay, this time until the end of this year. “There is a demand for postponement of a lawyer who is abroad,” said chairman Erik Van de Sijpe.

“That was but a brief respite, but the fact is that we are but 48 magistrates sit on a framework of 57", adds the president. “In the course of 2019, we expect new appointments, so we are at the end of 2019, 53 magistrates should arrive. On 13 december, we hope to deal with the matter, and it is intended that we are to a eindarrest. That will not in one or two months, because there are more than 15,000 civil parties.”

A ruling is likely in the second half of 2020 is expected. Against that judgment is still further appeal is possible.

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