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The Belgian Penal Code

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Article 417bis (inserted by article 5 of the law of 14 June 2002; in force 24/08/2002). For the purpose of this section, the following definitions are used:
1° Torture : every intentional inhuman treatment that causes agonising pain or serious and terrible physical or mental suffering;
2° Inhuman treatment : every treatment that will cause a person severe intentional physical or mental pain with the aim to receive intelligence, confessions, punish, exert pressure on that person or on a third party, or to intimidate him or a third party ;
3° Degrading treatment : every treatment that in the eyes of the victim or of a third party, a serious injury or impairment to the human dignity. Article 417ter (inserted by article 5 of the law of 14 June 2002; in force 24/08/2002). He who subjects a person to torture, will be punished with a confinement of ten to fifteen year. (...). Article 417quater (inserted by article 5 of the law of 14 June 2002; in force 24/08/2002). He who subjects a person to inhuman treatment, will be punished with a confinement of ten to fifteen year. (...). Article 417quinquies (inserted by article 5 of the law of 14 June 2002; in force 24/08/2002). He who subjects a person to degrading treatment, will be punished with a sentence of fifteen days to five year or with a fine of 50 EUR to 300 EUR or with one of these punishments individually. (...)