KBelgium’s former King Albert II must pay a daily penalty of 5000 Euros ($5,602) if he refuses to carry out a DNA test to establish whether he is the father of artist Delphine Boel, a court ruled on Thursday.
Boel, 51, has been fighting to be recognised as Albert’s daughter since 2013, claiming that her mother, Baroness Sybille de Selys Longchamps, had a lengthy affair with the ex-king decades ago.
In October, a Belgian court decided that Albert, 84, must undergo a paternity test.
He challenged the decision, referring the case to the Court of Cassation, Belgium’s highest tribunal.
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According to the RTBF broadcaster, it is not expected to reach a verdict before the end of the year.
In the meantime, however, the Brussels appeals court ruled that Albert must submit to DNA sampling.
“He will be asked to appear before a forensics expert and the penalty will apply from the first day of delay in doing so,’’ RTBF wrote.