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Protests in Belgium as ex-wife of child killer Dutroux is moved from prison to convent


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Protests in Belgium as ex-wife of child killer Dutroux is moved from prison to convent

Protesters clashed with riot police in Belgium on Saturday outside a convent which is housing the ex-wife of Marc Dutroux. Police made several arrests.

Michelle Martin was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in a series of child rapes, kidnaps and murders in the 1990s. Moved to a convent to serve out her sentence, her lawyer says she will have to work 20 hours a week as she seeks atonement for her crimes.

Dutroux abducted, imprisoned and raped six girls, aged between eight and 19, and murdered four of them.

Martin was convicted of complicity in the kidnapping and imprisonment of two girls who starved to death in a hidden cellar while Dutroux was in prison for car theft. Martin said she was too afraid to go down and feed them.

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