BRUSSELS (AP) — Marc Dutroux, a pedophile and child-killer who became one of Belgium's most notorious criminals, is asking a sentencing court to release him from prison and monitor him with an electronic ankle bracelet.
Dutroux, who is now 56, is serving a life term for kidnapping, torturing and abusing six girls in 1995 and 1996, and murdering four of them. He has been in prison for 16 years. His former wife, Michelle Martin — who let two girls starve to death in the cellar while her husband was in jail for theft — was approved for early release in July. She now lives in a convent.
The court is not expected to rule on Dutroux's request for freedom until Feb 18. Prison officials and prosecutors have recommended against his release.