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Court releases wife of notorious Belgian pedophile

Wednesday, August 01, 2012    

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MONS, Belgium (AP) — The ex-wife of a pedophile who aided her husband has been released from prison early, triggering immediate protests.

Michelle Martin, 52, received a 30-year prison term in 2004 for not freeing girls who her then-husband, Marc Dutroux, kept imprisoned in their cellar.

Dutroux, 55, is serving a life term for kidnapping, torturing and sexually abusing six girls in 1995 and 1996.

In that period he spent four months in jail for theft, leaving it to his wife to feed two young girls. She did not and they died.

Tuesday, a court in the city of Mons granted Martin's release request. A Belgian convent has offered to take her in.

The parents of the two murdered girls expressed outrage at the court's decision, saying Martin was as bad as her husband.

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