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Belgium: Early release from jail for Dutroux's ex-wife

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Belgium: Early release from jail for Dutroux's ex-wife

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A Belgian court has given the green light for the release from jail of Michelle Martin, the ex-wife and accomplice of notorious child murderer Marc Dutroux.

He was convicted of kidnapping and raping six girls in the mid-1990s. He killed two of them and left two others to starve to death in a makeshift dungeon. Martin was convicted of helping him.

Still outraged by the crimes, Belgians have taken to the streets to protest against her early release after 16 years of a 30 year sentence.

In July, a court ruled she could live in a convent, next to a nursery school, southeast of Brussels.

Martin’s release was put on hold pending an appeal by prosecutors. It has now been rejected, clearing the way for her to leave jail.