Parents opposed to parole of Dutroux's ex-wife
23 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The parents of Marc Dutroux murder victim Julie told Liège Court on Thursday they are opposed to the possible early release of the convicted child killer's former wife.
23 March 2006
BRUSSELS — The parents of Marc Dutroux murder victim Julie told Liège Court on Thursday they are opposed to the possible early release of the convicted child killer's former wife.
Michelle Martin was sentenced in June 2004 to a 30-year jail term for her role in the Dutroux case.
Liège Court gave Julie's parents an explanation about Martin's possible release on Thursday, but Jean-Denis Lejeune and wife Louisa said they were opposed to her parole.
"We have listened to the development of the procedure and have given our opinion," Jean-Denis Lejeune and wife Louisa said.
"We [also] asked that if she is freed, she is not allowed to come and live within a radius of 100km from us and that she may not be allowed to enter Liège.
"She cannot be sent to the moon, we know that also, but we don’t want to meet her somewhere."
The grandparents of Julie were also allowed to give testimony to the court hearing, news agency Belga reported.
Martin can be released once she has served a third of her jail term. Since 14 November, she has been able to avail of the right to penitentiary leave, which means she may leave prison for one to three days every three months.
The type of leave is only granted to detainees within six months of their expected release.
Martin will be able to apply for parole from mid-August due to her time spent in remand detention prior to her conviction.
However, her possible release sparked a shocked response from Jean-Denis Lejeune, who claimed the judiciary should take into account the seriousness of the crimes and Martin's legal history.
The parents of the murdered Mélissa Russo were also allowed to give their opinion to the court on Thursday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news