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#85793 - 06/17/04 04:26 PM Dutroux convicted in Belgium
outis Offline

Registered: 02/27/03
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From the New York Times website this morning.

Jury Convicts Belgian Pedophile Dutroux

Published: June 17, 2004

Filed at 11:01 a.m. ET

ARLON, Belgium (AP) -- A jury Thursday convicted a former electrician in a series of child abductions, rapes and murders in a case that horrified Belgium for nearly a decade and led to judicial and police reforms.

The 12-member jury convicted Marc Dutroux, a 47-year-old ex-convict, of abducting six girls in 1995-96. It also found him guilty of murdering two of the girls and an accomplice.

His ex-wife, Michelle Martin, was found to be responsible for the deaths of two others of the six girls -- two 8-year-olds who were the first to disappear.

According to testimony, the two starved to death while imprisoned in a basement cell in his house while Dutroux served a short jail term for car theft. Martin testified she was too afraid to go downstairs to feed the two girls.

The last victims, Sabine Dardenne, then 12, and Laetitia Delhez, then 14 -- were rescued from the basement prison two days before Dutroux's Aug. 13, 1996, arrest.

Two alleged accomplices, Michel Lelievre and Michel Nihoul, were convicted of complicity in the kidnappings and other charges.

The jury was being polled on 243 counts in all against Dutroux and his three co-defendants. Belgian TV stations broadcast the verdict live from outside the courthouse in this southeastern city.

Dutroux, who faces life in prison, was out on parole at the time of the crimes after serving a prison sentence for raping young girls in the 1980s. That revelation stirred national outrage, along with tales of official bungling during the search for the missing girls and even after the arrests.

Relatives leaving the courtroom expressed satisfaction all four were found guilty.

``They are guilty of everything, even the killings, even the torture,'' Paul Marchal, father of An Marchal, told RTBF television.

``This has confirmed what I thought: They worked together,'' said Louisa Lejeune, mother of one of the 8-year-old victims. ``The recognition of this is a relief.''

Dutroux and the three other defendants were not inside the courtroom while the jury was being polled to avoid any potential pressure or influence on the jurors, officials said. The defendants will be brought in afterward when the decision is announced by the court.

All will be given an opportunity to address the court on sentencing, after which the jury and three judges will deliberate together on sentencing.

Dutroux admitted to kidnapping and sexually abusing the two girls who were eventually rescued.

But he denied killing An Marchal, 17, and Eefje Lambrecks, 19, as well as alleged accomplice Bernard Weinstein.

He also denied involvement in the kidnapping and deaths of the two 8-year-olds, Julie Lejeune and Melissa Russo. He was convicted in involvement in their kidnapping.

Martin apologized to the court for not feeding Julie and Melissa, while Dutroux was in jail for four months for car theft. Lelievre admitted kidnapping but not raping or killing Marchal and Lambrecks, while Nihoul denied involvement in the kidnappings.

Dutroux sought to paint himself as the pawn of a still-hidden crime ring that was kidnapping young girls in eastern Europe to become prostitutes -- a scenario rejected by prosecutors, who said they found no evidence. Dutroux accused Nihoul of being his link to the syndicate, a charge Nihoul denied.

Martin and Lelievre face possible maximum 30-year sentences and Nihoul 20 years if found guilty.

In Belgium, no appeal of a jury verdict is possible, except on procedural grounds. In that case, the Cour de Cassation, the supreme court, reviews the verdict.

Belgian media reported that the 3 1/2-month trial cost the state $5.5 million.

"Telemachos, your guest is no discredit to you. I wasted no time in stringing the bow, and I did not miss the mark. My strength is yet unbroken…"—The Odyssey, translated by W.H.D. Rouse

#85795 - 06/17/04 08:34 PM Re: Dutroux convicted in Belgium
crisispoint Offline

Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 2154
Loc: Massachusetts
Now that this monster is convicted, let's find out how much he was a "pawn."

Give me ten minutes with him with a vice grip and a blowtorch.

One way or another, we'd have the f**king truth.

Are you listening, Belgium? I don't give a sweet S**T about this scumbag's "civil rights."


There are reasons I'm taking medication. They're called "other people." - Me, displaying my anti-social tendancies

#85796 - 06/19/04 12:32 AM Re: Dutroux convicted in Belgium
Lloydy Offline
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I like the idea of 'no parole', life should mean life, not 5 years with time off for good behaviour.


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau

#85797 - 07/06/04 09:33 PM Re: Dutroux convicted in Belgium
reality2k4 Offline

Registered: 07/06/04
Posts: 6845
Loc: Stuck between water, air, and ...
is this story going to end now, or will they get to the real truth of who was really involved

do Governments cover up these stories? from what I read on the web, I am convinced that this is the case, there is so much of it taken out of the publc domain, that the public never get to know the real extent of this problem

there is an evil racket out there, which is helped along by people in power, I wonder why and how much longer before the truth is known?

when will the cover up be blown?

Whoever stole the Sun, put it back and we'll drop all the charges!


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