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Belgians protest against release of child murderer's wife

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A man protests against the release of Michelle Martin, the ex-wife and accomplice of convicted child murderer Marc Dutroux, in Malonne, a village southeast of Brussels, Belgium, on August 3, 2012.

Reuters reports — Belgian prosecutors have launched an appeal to block the release from prison of Michelle Martin, the former wife and accomplice of convicted pedophile killer Marc Dutroux.

Martin, who has been behind bars since 1996, has been cleared for conditional release and on Tuesday a court in the southern city of Mons accepted a plan to house her in a convent in the village of Malonne. The decision angered the families of victims.

"We pollute Malonne, we stain the memory of these little girls and these other people who died for nothing," said resident Michel Dethier. "This is monstrous."


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A protester embraces her daughter during a demonstration aimed at preventing Michelle Martin moving into the Poor Clare Sisters convent in Malonne, Belgium, on August 3, 2012.

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