The police say that half of all questionings now take longer than one hour as a result of the new law. Before the introduction of the new law matters went a lot faster with 80% of interviews concluded within the hour.
Marc Hellinckx of the Local Police Commission says that this is having ramifications for other police work. Lawyers aren't allowed to intervene during questionings, only when the rights of the suspect are being violated, but Marc Hellinckx says that in practice things often turn out differently.
"There are problems between the lawyer and the police, because the lawyer wants to intervene during the interview and in the present system this is not allowed."